Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/18/13
Rays catcher Jose Lobaton had zero walkoff hits in his career until this past homestand. Now Lobaton has two in three games including Sunday's walkoff homer in the 10th inning to lift the Rays to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. And his parents Tomas and Maria were in town from Venezuela to see both. The Rays caught a huge break in the ninth when Edwin Encarnacion missed a go-ahead homer by an inch his line drive off Fernando Rodney bouncing off the top of the shorter 5-foot wall in the leftfield corner. Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the seventh with runners on first and third and no outs but squandered it partly due to a botched safety squeeze attempt. For most of the day this was a pitcher's duel between Rays rookie right-hander Chris Archer and Jays righty Todd Redmond the St. Petersburg native and Northside Christian product making his homecoming. Each gave up just one run Archer through seven Redmond through six-plus. Archer was dominant from the get-go striking out two of three in the first inning and retiring the first nine hitters he faced. He attacked the strike zone hitting 98 mph with his fastball. Redmond gave up just two hits in the first four innings both to Evan Longoria who ripped a solo homer — his 24th — in the first inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Archer got out of a jam in the fourth. After giving up a leadoff single to Anthony Gose and a stolen base Archer fell behind 3-and-0 to Maicer Izturis only to get him to fly out. He then retired the heart of the Jays order Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion on flyouts to thwart the threat.
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