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Lobaton's play key in Saturday's win

TORONTO -- Forgotten in the Rays' exciting 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday was a play catcher Jose Lobaton made in the fifth.

The Rays were leading, 4-2, at the time, but the Blue Jays were threatening with two outs in the inning when they had runners on first and second and attempted a double steal. Rather than try to throw out Rajai Davis, the lead runner, Lobaton caught the ball and threw a strike to second base to nail a surprised Colby Rasmus for the third out.

Making the play more crucial was the fact that Edwin Encarnacion was up at the time. The Blue Jays' slugger has been wearing out the Rays and already had a two-run homer at that point in the game -- a titanic blast off J.P. Howell that traveled 488 feet.

"They didn't give me a sign from the dugout, so I was ready to read the runners," Lobaton explained. "With Encarnacion hitting, I'm thinking they're not going to go. But as soon as I saw Davis running, I could see he had a good jump, so my second look was to check the runner at first. I saw that I had a better chance for the runner at second. Everything clicked quickly."

TORONTO -- Forgotten in the Rays' exciting 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday was a play catcher Jose Lobaton made in the fifth.

The Rays were leading, 4-2, at the time, but the Blue Jays were threatening with two outs in the inning when they had runners on first and second and attempted a double steal. Rather than try to throw out Rajai Davis, the lead runner, Lobaton caught the ball and threw a strike to second base to nail a surprised Colby Rasmus for the third out.

Making the play more crucial was the fact that Edwin Encarnacion was up at the time. The Blue Jays' slugger has been wearing out the Rays and already had a two-run homer at that point in the game -- a titanic blast off J.P. Howell that traveled 488 feet.

"They didn't give me a sign from the dugout, so I was ready to read the runners," Lobaton explained. "With Encarnacion hitting, I'm thinking they're not going to go. But as soon as I saw Davis running, I could see he had a good jump, so my second look was to check the runner at first. I saw that I had a better chance for the runner at second. Everything clicked quickly."

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