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Rays catcher Jose Lobaton celebrates his first career walkoff home run. Tampa Bay took Sunday's finale from Toronto 2-1 in ten innings.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
St. Petersburg native Todd Redmond threw well in his return to his hometown, as did Tampa Bay's Chris Archer. It was the longball that proved the difference.
Jose Lobaton's solo home run in the bottom of the tenth broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win and a series victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Longoria got things started in the bottom of the first inning, lifting an opposite-field home run, his 24th of the season, to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.
Archer was on cruise control in to the seventh inning, allowing just a fourth-inning single to Anthony Gose. However, Edwin Encarnacion took a two-out, two-strike offering from Archer in the seventh and launched it into the left-field seats to tie the contest.
Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity to regain the advantage in their half of the seventh, as James Loney singled, and Yunel Escobar moved pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez to third with a single. Rodriguez was then picked off third base when pinch-hitter Jason Bourgeois could not get the bunt down on a squeeze play. Bourgeois then grounded out and Jose Lobaton struck out to end the rally.
Lobaton's home run off Brad Lincoln (1-2) with one out ended the game and gave the catcher two walk-off hits this series.
Tampa Bay will head to Baltimore to open a three-game series at Camden Yards against the Orioles. Monday night's opener will feature David Price (6-5, 3.28 ERA) taking on Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with pregame coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyjndai Dealers Inside Pitch.
Hear Dave Wills' call of the home run as heard on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM!