Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dominant Romero Leads Toronto Blue Jays to Victory over Boston Red Sox: Romero Sharp in Leading Jays Past Red Sox

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dominant Romero Leads Toronto Blue Jays to Victory over Boston Red Sox: Romero Sharp in Leading Jays Past Red Sox

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TORONTO - Ricky Romero went a strong 8 1-3 innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

The left-hander surrendered an earned run and three hits as Toronto (4-2) won the rubber match of the three-game set with Boston (1-5). Romero got stronger as the game wore on, retiring 17 straight Red Sox hitters through the middle of the game.

After allowing a run and three hits the third inning, Romero, who led Toronto last season in starts (32), wins (15), innings pitched (225) and earned-run average (2.92), really settled into a groove before opening the ninth with consecutive walks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Petroia. They moved to third and second, respectively, on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly, which spelled the end to Romero's outing.

Closer Sergio Santos, who blew two save chances earlier this season, struck out Kevin Youkilis and got David Ortiz to hit into a game-ending groundout to cement the victory.

Romero (1-0) outduelled Boston left-handed ace Jon Lester in a superbly pitched contest before 25,285 spectators -- many of them school kids -- at Rogers Centre, the lowest attendance of the three-game series after more than 48,000 took in the Red Sox's 4-2 win Monday before 26,251 witnessed Toronto's 7-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Lester (0-1) wasn't too shabby, either, as the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs and three hits in going the distance for Boston. He set down 15 straight Jays hitters before surrendering a two-out walk to Rajai Davis in the eighth. Yunel Escobar gave Toronto a two-run cushion with a run-scoring single that brought home Davis after he stole second on a failed pickoff throw.

Romero came in with a career 4-6 record against Boston and a bloated 7.12 ERA. Last year he was 2-2 in four starts against the Red Sox with a 6.56 ERA, giving up 28 hits, 17 earned runs, four homers and 12 walks in 23 1-3 innings while striking out 17. …

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