Romero shows improvement, Blue Jays still lose

Associated Press Published: September 19, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ricky Romero was off to another shaky start with a lack of control before something clicked with his delivery.

Too bad Toronto's offense didn't follow suit.

Romero gave up one run in six innings. It wasn't enough to end his 13-game losing streak, though.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning to help the New York Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Jays with a 2-1 win Wednesday night that ensured they remained atop the AL East.

"Today I just did everything I worked on," Romero said. "I had a good delivery. That's one of the things I battled myself all year. I had a fluid delivery."

Andy Pettitte pitched five sparkling innings in his return from the disabled list and Suzuki made a difficult catch in the eighth inning in the opener to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 victory.

In the first game of the day-night doubleheader, Omar Vizquel moved ahead of Babe Ruth with an RBI double in the eighth inning. The 45-year-old Vizquel had two hits to move into 41st place on the hits list with 2,874.

"I think when you get a hit to tie one of the best hitters in baseball, it's an amazing feeling. I mean, this guy has been a legend in the game for a long time and, to mention my name right next to his just makes me feel so little," Vizquel said. "I never thought, never, ever, in my career of baseball that's been a long one, that I was gonna come close, to even compare my hits with the Babe. It's just unbelievable. It's very emotional, especially here in New York, the house that he built."

Vizquel had his second straight multihit game and 10th of the season, good for second-best in big league history for a player 45 or older behind Julio Franco, who had 53 such games, according to information provided to the Yankees by the Elias Sports Bureau.

"When you start talking about the names that you're mentioning, this is an outstanding career and he's finishing up on a strong note," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

The Blue Jays were without shortstop Yunel Escobar, who began a three-game suspension for wearing eye black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston.

Toronto dropped to 66-81, guaranteeing it will not have a winning record this season.

With the score 1-all, Curtis Granderson was walked by Steve Delabar (4-3) to open the eighth. He moved up on Jayson Nix's sacrifice and stole third. With two outs, Suzuki guided an opposite field hit to left for the lead. Suzuki stole two bases in the inning.

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