It’s not really possible for Joe Maddon’s hair to turn greyer, is it?

It looked like déjà vu all over again for an instant at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night, with the Tampa Bay Rays trying to protect a lead against the Blue Jays.

At Tropicana Field two weeks ago, the Blue Jays performed comeback acts to win the first two games of a four-game set - most dramatically in the first game as J.P. Arencibia hit a game winning home run on Fernando Rodney’s 2-2 pitch with two out in the ninth to cap a seven-run comeback.

On Tuesday, ahead three runs in the eighth inning on Tuesday and with two runners aboard, the Rays went to an exaggerated infield shift with Jose Bautista at bat, placing second baseman Roberts to the third-base side of the bag. Bautista hit a two-strike line drive right where Roberts would normally play, for a RBI single to close the gap to 4-2.

Maddon prefers to restrict Rodney to the ninth inning, but in the Tropicana Field game he’d gone to his closer with one out in the eighth inning. Tuesday, once again Rodney entered the game with one out in the eighth only this time, Arencibia would be the first batter he faced.

The Jays had loaded the bases after Bautista’s RBI when Roberts booted a grounder, brining on Rodney. This time, Arencibia went after Rodney’s first pitch and hit a grounder to Roberts, who turned it into a critical inning ending double play.

The Jays scored once more in the ninth before Rodney struck out Melky Cabrera to end the game for a 4-3 win, before a Rays-like crowd of 15,802. With their fifth victory in the last six road games, the Rays remain tied for third with Baltimore, six games ahead of the last-place Blue Jays in the AL East.

The third and final game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4:37 p.m., and the Orioles follow the Rays into the Rogers Centre for a four-game series.

Yet one more time, Toronto manager John Gibbons had talked before the game about the importance of plate discipline, but afterwards he endorsed Arencibia’s decision to go after the first pitch. Arencibia went into a meeting with Gibbons later, and wasn’t available for comment.

“No problem right then,” Gibbons said, reflecting on Arencibia’s grounder. “He got a strike, hit it right at the guy. That at-bat is not one to judge [discipline] by. We were chasing out of the zone a lot tonight.”