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Reyes out at second as Blue Jays lose challenge

ST. PETERSBURG -- For all of Jose Reyes' protesting, he was still out.

The Blue Jays unsuccessfully challenged a call in the top of the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Rays when Reyes was thrown out trying to stretch a bloop single into a double.

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With one out in a 2-2 game, Reyes' shallow hit fell just in front of a sliding Ben Zobrist in right field, bouncing off Zobrist's glove. Reyes tried for second, and second baseman Sean Rodriguez retrieved the ball and fired a one-hopper to shortstop Yunel Escobar covering the bag. Escobar, barely keeping the ball in his glove, laid the tag down on Reyes as he dove in.

Second-base umpire Tim Timmons called Reyes out, and Reyes got up wagging his finger in argument. Manager John Gibbons challenged the call, but after a one-minute, 38-second replay review, the call on the field was confirmed and the Blue Jays lost their challenge.

Toronto has challenged 32 calls this season, nine of which have been overturned.

David Adler is an associate reporter for

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