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TORONTO -- John Gibbons knows his team cant afford to lose its best player in the middle of a wild card chase. So when Jose Bautista was ejected from Sundays 2-1 extra innings loss to the Tampa Bay Rays for arguing a strikeout with home plate umpire Bill Welke, Gibbons didnt mince words when asked about the situation. "Bottom line we need him in the game. Say your peace, and get the hell out of there," the Blue Jays manager said. "Were trying to get in the playoffs, we need you on the field. "He (Bautista) is a marked man in this game. Bill Welke, I thought he had a pretty good zone today. He was steady, I thought he was looking to call strikes. But we need you in the game." Bautistas absence brought Nolan Reimold into the contest at right field. The move proved costly as Reimold misplayed a ball hit by Logan Forsythe in the top of the 10th inning, allowing Ben Zobrist to move from first to third base. Zobrist scored the winning run when the next batter, Evan Longoria, hit a single to left field off reliever Sergio Santos, freshly recalled from triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. After the game, Reimold took full responsibility for the error. "I saw (Zobrist) take off ... I was thinking about throwing him out before I caught the ball and it was completely my fault," he said. "That plays got to be made." Longoria drove in both runs for the Rays (64-66), who played to 10 innings for the second time in as many days at Rogers Centre after losing 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. Brad Boxberger pitched the bottom of the 10th for the save, Jake McGee (4-1) threw two scoreless innings of relief for the win and starting pitcher Chris Archer racked up six strikeouts through seven innings with six hits, one walk and one run. Drew Hutchison threw six strong innings for Toronto (64-64), giving up one run in the first inning before settling down. He struck out seven, walked two and gave up six hits in the no-decision. Aaron Loup, Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen and Brett Cecil combined on three scoreless frames, though Janssen gave up back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt to start the ninth. Dioner Navarro had two hits for Toronto (66-64) while Juan Francisco picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Bautistas ejection was the fifth for a Blue Jay this season, and first for a player. Following the game, the Toronto slugger refused to divulge any details about his conversation with Welke. "Doesnt matter what I think," Bautista said when asked about the location of the strikeout pitch. "The only thing that matters is what (Welke) thinks and he made the call." Bautista did admit that not arguing the call would have served the team better, however, especially in a one-run game. "At any point in the game it would have been wiser (to leave the call alone)," Bautista said. "What Im sure I said, I dont feel was warranting that (ejection) happening. But if you want to get the details you can go ask him (Welke)." With the strikeout, Bautista failed to reach base for the third straight game. The last time he was held off base for that long was a three-game span in April 2012. Asked how much of his recent slump had to do with him arguing with the umpire, Bautista replied, "Zero." The Blue Jays threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th as Francisco led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on an error to James Loney and moved to third on a bunt base hit from Munenori Kawasaki. But Jose Reyes fouled out, Melky Cabrera popped out and Reimold struck out to end the game. "Its kind of easy to just give up in that situation and say theyre going to at least score one run, well play for the tie," Longoria said of the runners on first and third with nobody out in the bottom of the 10th. "Boxberger did a great job making his pitches right there. Its good to come out on top of that one." Santos -- who was pitching in his first major league game since July 12 -- was saddled with the loss after walking Zobrist ahead of Reimolds error. The run he allowed was unearned. The Rays got on the board in the first inning when Longoria grounded into a force-out, allowing Zobrist to score from third base. Toronto finally got to Archer in the seventh inning, tying the game 1-1 on a sacrifice fly from Francisco that scored Navarro. Both teams had plenty of chances to cash in more runs as Tampa left 10 on base while Toronto stranded eight. The Rays best scoring chance came in the top of the ninth when Wil Myers and Yunel Escobar hit back-to-back singles off Janssen with nobody out. Janssens day ended after the next batter, Curt Casali, hit a sac bunt to advance the runners 90 feet. Cecil struck out the next two batters to end the inning, offering an emphatic fist pump as he walked off the field. "Hes definitely struggling a bit now," Gibbons said of Janssen. "His game is location and hes definitely off with that. Hes given up lots of hits and hes scuffling right now. "Hopefully its just a minor adjustment ... They all go through struggles like that so its probably just a little minor thing to get him back on track." One of Torontos best chances to score came in the bottom of the fifth. Navarro reached on a lead-off single and moved to third on a one-out double down the first-base line from Francisco. After a ground out from Kawasaki, Reyes flied out to centre field to end the inning. NOTES: Attendance was announced at 38,869. ... Toronto optioned RHP Kyle Drabek to triple-A before the game to make room on the roster for Santos. ... The Blue Jays continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox starting Monday night. LHP J.A. 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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 31 points apiece and the Thunder overcame injuries to two key backups to beat New Orleans 101-93 Monday night for their 10th straight home win. Dak Prescott Jersey .TV Series: Duck Dynasty. Randy White Jersey . So they rushed to re-sign the first baseman who general manager Ben Cherington described Friday as "a unique player." The World Series champions finalized a $32 million, two-year agreement Thursday with the slugging former catcher who turned into a surprisingly good defender. MIAMI -- When Henderson Alvarez closed out his shutout with a strikeout, the right-hander spun on the mound and threw a celebratory uppercut that landed on his left shoulder. That was as hard as he was hit all night. Alvarez pitched a six-hitter for his second shutout this season, and the Miami Marlins won again at home, beating the New York Mets 3-0 Tuesday night. Relying mostly on his sinker and changeup, Alvarez struck out seven, walked none and threw 111 pitches. "I just concentrated on keeping my breaking ball down and letting the batter swing," he said. Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on the current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series, but theyre 2-10 on the road. "Were playing with a lot of confidence right now," manager Mike Redmond said. "Hopefully we can finish it off Wednesday and go on the road and start winning some games out of our suitcase. Thats big right now in our development process." Alvarez (2-2) completed the victory by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third. He retired the side in order only three times but was helped by two double plays and a fine play by third baseman Casey McGehee, who threw out a batter from foul territory. Alvarezs quick tempo helped the defence, McGehee said. "When stuff is happening and you dont get flatfooted out there, it makes it easier," McGehee said. "You feel like youre in the flow of the game." The victory took only 2:08. "Nice to be able to get a little extra sleep for the 12:40 game Wednesday," Redmond said. Alvarezs only other victory this year was a complete-game 7-0 victory over Seattle on April 19 -- at home, of course. He now has four career shutouts, including a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of last season. He has the most shutouts of any active pitcher with 65 career starts or less. "When you see nights like this, you realize this guy has a chance to be really, really good," Redmond said. "It just comes down to consistency for him..dddddddddddd." The Mets, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, were shut out for the third time. "Youve got to get the big hit, as they got," manager Terry Collins said. "We didnt get any." McGehee had a pair of RBI singles and is now batting .441 with runners in scoring position. Hitting mostly cleanup, he has no homers but 23 RBIs. Bartolo Colon (2-5) allowed three runs in seven innings. He also went 0 for 2, striking out both times, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 56 this season with 30 strikeouts. Alvarez allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but retired the next three batters, including David Wright and Granderson on lineouts. Wright grounded out to end the sixth with runners at second and third. "When Alvarez has his A stuff like tonight, and you have a good at-bat and hit a ball hard, its pretty frustrating," Wright said, "because you know theres not going to be too many opportunities when hes throwing the ball like he is." The Marlins won with seven hits. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton missed one by inches when he hit an RBI double that caromed off the wall near the 418-foot sign in centre field in the first inning. He scored on a single by McGehee. The Marlins put together three consecutive two-out singles in the fifth, the last by McGehee to make it 3-0. "These guys are red hot here," Collins said. "Were going to get hot, too." NOTES: The Marlins released INF Greg Dobbs. ... Marlins INF Rafael Furcal, who has endured repeated setbacks trying to recover from hamstring and groin injuries, returned to extended spring training in Jupiter, and theres no timetable for his next rehabilitation assignment. ... The retractable roof was open on a 79-degree night. ... Marlins LF Christian Yelich visited a class of sixth-graders Tuesday and took questions. "My favourite one was, Do your parents still love you now that youre in the big leagues?" Yelich said. ... Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) is scheduled to pitch against RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. 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