Bautista's ejection leads to Jays falling to Rays

Brad Boxberger #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates their victory with Curt Casali #59 during MLB...

Brad Boxberger #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates their victory with Curt Casali #59 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 24, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

It’s never a good thing when your best player gets kicked out of a game, but Jose Bautista’s ejection on Sunday turned into a disaster for the Blue Jays.

Four innings after Bautista was run off by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a third-strike call, his absence in right field came back to haunt the Jays as the Tampa Bay Rays scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning to eke out a 2-1 victory.

Bautista’s place in right field was taken by Nolan Reimold, who turned out to be the wrong man in the wrong place as events unfolded. At 1-1 in the fateful 10th, with Tampa’s Ben Zobrist on first base as a result of a leadoff walk, Logan Forsythe looped a fly ball toward the line in right field. Reimold tracked it, got in position to easily make the catch, then whiffed it. Flat out whiffed it. The ball hit the turf than bounced out of play for a two-base error.

 


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