Romero shuts out A'sAug 19, 2011 - 6:03 AM
Romero (12-9) allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out six in his fifth straight victory. He retired the last 15 batters he faced.
"He's a good pitcher. Just look at his numbers," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said about Romero. "He has subtle movement on all his pitches."
J.P. Arencibia added a two-run single as Toronto won for the fifth time in six tries.
Trevor Cahill (9-12) gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings for the A's, losers in five of their last seven games.
Colby Rasmus hit a two-out double in the second and crossed the plate when Brett Lawrie followed with a base hit into left, giving the Blue Jays a one- run advantage.
Jose Bautista led off the fourth with a double. Two batters later, Edwin Encarnacion singled to left, scoring Bautista. Rasmus then sent a ball into the right-field bleachers to increase Toronto's lead to 3-0.
Eric Thames worked a one-out walk in the fifth, moved to second on first baseman Brandon Allen's fielding error on a Bautista grounder and scored on Adam Lind's base hit to right.
Arencibia added a two-run single in the sixth to give the Jays a seven-run cushion.
Oakland's best chances to get to Romero came early, as the A's put a man on third in the second and loaded the bases in the third. But each time Romero would quell the threat. Oakland went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six men on base.
"Everything feels good right now. I'm attacking the zone and am being consistent with my pitches. I feel in control," a confident Romero said.
Toronto now leads the season series 4-3...Oakland fell to 2-5 on a 10-game homestand...The A?s have now committed 11 errors in the last nine games.
- TORONTO: 7
Aug 19 12:29 AM
- J.P. Arencibia single to left scored Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie with one out. Runner on first and Yunel Escobar due up.
Blue Jays 7, Athletics 0 Top 6, 1 OutAug 18 11:36 PM
- Adam Lind single to right scored Eric Thames with one out. On the play, Jose Bautista advances to third. Runners on first and third and Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 0 Top 5, 1 OutAug 18 11:20 PM
- Colby Rasmus one-out, two-run Home Run (3) to right scored Edwin Encarnacion. Brett Lawrie due up.
Blue Jays 4, Athletics 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 18 11:01 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion single to left scored Jose Bautista with one out. Runner on first and Colby Rasmus due up.
Blue Jays 2, Athletics 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 18 11:00 PM
- Brett Lawrie single to left scored Colby Rasmus with two outs. Runner on first and Aaron Hill due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0 Top 2, 2 OutsAug 18 10:26 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 18 10:09 PM
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