TORONTO -- Yunel Escobar didn't much like being booed when he first came back to Toronto as a visiting player last season. He gave the fans even more reason to sound off Sunday.
A frequent target of boos in Toronto after being suspended by the Blue Jays for writing an anti-gay slur on his eye-black in 2012, Escobar homered off the facing of the fourth deck against Todd Redmond in the eighth.
Escobar drew more jeers by facing the crowd and making an elaborate safe sign as he crossed home plate.
"It's part of the show," Escobar said through a translator. "I was glad I hit the home run. I have a lot of fun now, coming here to play. I enjoy doing what I do and hopefully they do."
Escobar homered for the third time in four games. He also doubled, singled and walked.
Ben Zobrist homered as Tampa Bay took two of three from the Blue Jays, dealing them a blow in their chase for an AL wild-card berth. Toronto came in four games out of a playoff spot.
"At this time of year, considering where we're at, it's especially tough," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. connected for a tying, solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Jake McGee. It was the seventh career pinch-hit homer for Mayberry and his fourth this season.
"I definitely missed my spot," McGee said. "I was trying to go more up and in."
"The sun was our buddy today," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Longoria scored on Forsythe's groundout and, two batters later, Ryan Hanigan hit an RBI single.
A young fan in the front row reached out in front of Bautista and caught Forsythe's foul fly ball in the eighth. First base umpire Hal Gibson didn't call interference, but Forsythe was called out on video review when Gibbons challenged.
RAYS TO RECALL THREE
Rays: Tampa Bay returns home Monday to begin a three-game series against the New York Yankees, with Colome (1-0) facing LHP Chris Capuano (1-2). Colome will be making his fifth major league start, and his second against the Yankees.
Blue Jays: Toronto opens a three-game series against the AL East-leading Orioles in Baltimore Monday, with RHP Marcus Stroman (10-5) facing Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen (15-4). Stroman was pushed back a day for extra rest and, coupled with Thursday's off day, will be pitching for the first time since Sept. 8. It's his first career start against the Orioles.