Romero struggles against Red Sox
BOSTON—Two months ago the Red Sox hit bottom. Now they’re playing sky high.
Boston won its fifth straight series with a 10-4 win yesterday over the Toronto Blue Jays with six runs in the first inning against a wild Ricky Romero and with the help of David Ortiz’s 399th career homer.
They immediately turned it around with six straight wins and have the AL’s third best record, 36-25, since that low point.
“We all knew that that was the cellar and it was not going to get any worse,” Cody Ross said.
“You still have to go out and play and perform and since then we’ve been having fun. Our main thing is to win series.
“We did that here, and now we can go on the road with some confidence and make a run before the All-Star break,” he added.
The Red Sox are at their highest point in the standings, a season-best five games over .500 at 40-35. They’re tied with Tampa Bay for third place in the AL East, the first time this year they’re not in fourth or fifth.
Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and finished the homestand at 12 for 36 to raise his batting average to .296. Mike Aviles drove in two runs as the Red Sox improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games.
Jon Lester (5-5) fell behind 1-0 in the first when he allowed a run-scoring single to Colby Rasmus, but the Red Sox scored all the runs they needed in the bottom half as Romero (8-2) threw 16 balls on his first 19 pitches.
Boston went ahead 7-1 in the second when Ortiz and Ross walked on 3-1 pitches and Gonzalez hit an RBI single.
Jose Bautista hit a solo shot, his major-league leading 25th homer of the season, off Lester in the fourth.
Romero was in trouble from the start, and left the game after giving up six walks, seven hits and nine runs in three-plus innings.
In other AL action yesterday, the NY Yankees edged Cleveland 5-4, the Chicago White Sox thumped Minnesota 12-5, Kansas City edged Tampa Bay 5-4, Oakland shaded Seattle 2-1, the LA Angels routed Baltimore 13-1, and Texas defeated Detroit 13-9.