TORONTO (AP) _ Ricky Romero won for the seventh time in nine
starts, J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer and the Toronto Blue
Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Thursday night.
Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames added solo shots as the Blue
Jays won back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 31 and
Sept. 1 at Baltimore.

Rookie David Cooper went 3 for 4 and had two RBIs as Toronto
evened its record at 72-72.

Boston lost for the fourth time in five games and failed to gain
ground on the first place New York Yankees, who lost 5-4 in 10
innings to Baltimore earlier in the day. The Red Sox are 2 1/2
games behind New York with 19 left to play.

Romero (14-10) came in 2-6 with an 8.08 ERA in 11 career starts
against the Red Sox, including an 0-3 record and 10.62 ERA in five
home starts. But the left-hander turned his luck around in this
one, allowing three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked
three and struck out seven.

Romero has lost just once since July 21, dropping a 6-4 decision
at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 3.

Casey Janssen worked 1 1-3 innings and Frank Francisco pitched
around Jason Varitek’s leadoff homer in the ninth to finish it.
A two-out error by Kelly Johnson and a base hit by Marco Scutaro
brought Dustin Pedroia to the plate as the tying run, but Francisco
struck him out to end it.

Toronto opened the scoring with four in the second against
left-hander Andrew Miller (6-3). Johnson reached on an infield
single, advanced to third on Brett Lawrie’s base hit to right and
scored on a single by David Cooper. Arencibia followed with a drive
into the third deck in left, his 22nd and second in as many days.
Encarnacion hit a one-out shot to right off Miller in the third,
his 16th.

Miller allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings to lose
his second straight start. He walked two and struck out three.
The Red Sox chased Romero with a three-run seventh. Jason
Varitek drew a one-out walk and Darnell McDonald hit a two-out
single before Ellsbury scored Varitek with a double. Janssen came
on and gave up a two-run single to Scutaro, then got Pedroia to
ground out.

Thames homered to right off Michael Bowden in the bottom half,
his 10th, and Cooper made it 7-3 with an RBI double off Felix
Doubront in the eighth.

Varitek homered to begin the ninth, his 11th.

NOTES: Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 13 games. …
Boston 1B Adrian Gonzalez and LF Carl Crawford got the day off. …
Toronto 1B Adam Lind (right wrist) missed his second straight game
but is expected to play Friday. … Toronto RHP Dustin McGowan will
start against Baltimore Sunday. After more than three years out
with injuries, McGowan returned to the majors Tuesday, pitching
four innings of relief. … Boston RHP Tim Wakefield will start
again next Tuesday. Wakefield is one win away from 200 for his
career. … Toronto OF Colby Rasmus (right wrist) took batting
practice Thursday and reported no pain. Rasmus has not played since
Aug. 23.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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