TORONTO – The closer Canadian Jordan Romano has become almost automatic in finishing the victory for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
But the 29-year-old right hand from Markham, Ont., was knocked out in three runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles (76-69) on Sunday.
The last time Romano (5-4) blew a save leading to a loss to Toronto was almost three months ago, on June 21. He’s 34 with 39 saves this year and hopes to compare. with the team’s record for home saves in season 22, set by Kelvim Escobar in 2002.
“He was arguably the best in the league, and he didn’t get it today,” Toronto caretaker coach John Schneider said. “He has been very good, all year. I think his slider is a bit flat. I think they were sitting on it. You have to credit them for getting a few hits and working some moves. “
The Blue Jays (83-64) entered the 9th inning with a 3-2 advantage. But the singles in a row, plus a romp, have filled the bases.
Rookie Adley Rutschman then hit left to score a pair of runs. In the end, a single by Jesse Aguilar scored a crucial third run because George Springer doubled Cavan Biggio home at the end of the round to put Toronto in the lap.
Bo Bichette made it difficult for Springer to finish the match.
“I just think they had a plan against him,” said Danny Jansen, who arrested Toronto. “He was out there, and he played. Things like that still happen. “
Jansen had the best game of his career with his 13th game with two goals in the fourth half to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr created a two-run stepping stone with a lofty blast to remain for the 29th game in the seventh inning.
He extended his streak to 12 games with a mid-range brace in the fifth inning.
The two hosts, combined with a solid performance from starter Alek Manoah, put the hosts on the brink of a sweep.
Instead, the Blue Jays’ great September record fell to 13-5. They will enter the final 15 games of the regular season 5½ after the New York Yankees are leading the American East with three games against the Yankees in Toronto, September 26-28.
In his 98-yard performance, in front of 41,311 fans at the Rogers Center, Manoah lasted six innings with four walks and five strikes, surrendering four hits.
He struggled early but finished strong.
“I was able to mitigate the damage,” Manoah said.
Toronto’s rescuer Adam Cimber gave up a one-left homer solo from Aguilar in the eighth round to close the gap to 3-2.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the third half. Orioles starting player Dean Kremer hit Springer on the left elbow, the opposite elbow kept him out of this summer’s squad. He advanced to second as Guerrero walked and scored in Bichette’s mid-single single.
The Blue Jays had Bichette in first and Guerrero in second with no one disqualified. Orioles, however, played three games when Jorge Mateo on the short track caught a Matt Chapman pass and had enough time to get Guerrero and Bichette.
Kremer lasted 5 rounds, skipping two runs with four hits with five walks and three attacks. Joey Krehbiel (5-4) scores the goal for Orioles.
With a day off on Monday, the Blue Jays kept catcher Alejandro Kirk (hip) for the fifth straight game. In addition, Lourdes Gurriel Jr was eligible to be removed from the 10-match roster but also received an extra day off.
The Blue Jays hit the road for a two-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies starting Tuesday, followed by a four-game game in Tampa against the Rays. Ross Stripling (8-4) will face Phillies righty Kyle Gibson (10-6) in the opening match.
This Canadian Press report was first published on September 18, 2022.
Note to readers: Removed the reference to the Blue Jays’ seventh scan this year.
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