Jose Bautista homered twice and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Bautista went 4 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs. Three other players had one hit, but that was it for Toronto's offense.
Facing Cesar Ramos (1-1), Colby Rasmus reached on an infield single to begin the 10th. Rasmus moved to second on Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice, then took third on Munenori Kawasaki's grounder. Pinch hitter Mark DeRosa walked and Kyle Farnsworth came on to face Bautista, who singled into shallow right for the Blue Jays' first game-ending hit of the season.
Aaron Loup (2-3) pitched one inning for the win as Toronto took two of three to win a series against Tampa Bay for the first time since August 2010. The Rays had won their past 15 series against the Blue Jays.
The teams were tied at 2 before Tampa Bay got a run in the ninth. Evan Longoria hit a one-out double off closer Casey Janssen, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. James Loney followed with an RBI single.
But Fernando Rodney couldn't nail down the save, yielding a leadoff home run to Bautista in the bottom half. It was Rodney's fourth blown save in 13 opportunities.
Bautista's 11th homer helped Janssen avoid his first loss since April 26, 2012, at Baltimore.
Bautista also hit a leadoff drive in the fourth off Jeremy Hellickson. It was his second multihomer game of the season and No. 19 for his career.
Rodney got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out but was replaced after walking Adam Lind. Joel Peralta came on and sent it to extra innings by fanning J.P. Arencibia and retiring Brett Lawrie on a foulout.
Hellickson bounced back after giving up career highs of eight runs and 10 hits against Baltimore in his last outing. He allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings.
Anthony Gose doubled on Hellickson's first pitch of the game and scored when Bautista followed with a single. But Bautista was thrown out trying to advance to second on Encarnacion's fly ball to left, and Hellickson set down his next seven batters.
The Rays took advantage of an error by second baseman Maicer Izturis to score two runs in the third. Jose Molina hit a one-out single and Desmond Jennings drew a two-out walk. Ryan Roberts hit a slow roller toward second but Izturis came up empty on an attempt to barehand the ball, allowing Molina to score. Ben Zobrist followed with an RBI single.
The Blue Jays tied it again, and snapped Hellickson's streak of eight straight outs, when Bautista crushed the first pitch of the fourth into the second deck in left.
Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. Buehrle has not won since April 15 against the Chicago White Sox, a span of seven starts.
Buehrle struck out four straight in the second and third, and ended his outing by recording 11 straight outs.
NOTES: Longoria started at DH but came on as a defensive replacement at third base in the ninth. ... Rays rookie RHP Jake Odorizzi will get an extra day of rest before his next start, Monday against Miami. The move means RHP Alex Cobb will start on regular rest on Sunday against the Yankees.
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