BOSTON — The Blue Jays’ closest Jordan Romano fought his way out of a base-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning at Fenway Park.
Then he had to shut down the Red Sox once again.
“I kind of tried to erase what happened in the last set because there was a lot of adrenaline,” he said after leading Toronto to a 6-5 victory against Boston in 10 innings Thursday night. “We had to stay focused. We’ve got three more hitters coming and like, win a game.”
A night after hitting a save in an extra-end win over Boston, Romano (5-3) picked up the win to seal Toronto’s three-game sweep. The Blue Jays, who won three of four games against the AL East-leading Yankees to start the week, have won eight straight games at Fenway Park this year.
“We can hang out with anyone, you know what I mean?” Romano said. “We got to their place and yeah, we’ve won a bunch of games. So I think it was a huge road trip. Good for morale and just letting us know we’re for real. ”
The Red Sox had a runner at third with no outs in the eighth, then charged the bases against Romano with no outs in the ninth, and both times failed to score.
In the 10th, autorunner Cavan Biggio took third on a groundout, then rushed home on George Springer’s grounder for short, sliding headfirst under the tag with Xander Bogaerts’ throw too high .
Danny Jansen had three hits, including a home run, for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last eight games. They are 8-1 in Boston this year, winning the last two extra innings.
After JD Martinez singled to lead in the ninth and Bogaerts doubled, Christian Arroyo was intentionally walked in to charge the bases. Romano retired Franchy Cordero on strikes, then, with five infielders playing, Kike Hernandez hit a helicopter hard at third baseman Matt Chapman, who moved up to third and threw to first for the ending double play sleeve.
“He’s got an incredible internal clock and obviously a cannon for an arm,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “So you want the ball to hit him in pretty much every scenario. He’s shown that this whole series.”
John Schrieber (3-3) did not allow a hit in the 10th but took the loss on the unearned run that scored on a defensive choice. Reese McGuire had three hits for Boston, which has dropped four in a row and six of seven games.
McGuire started the eighth with a line drive into the right corner of the field that jumped under Teoscar Hernandez’s glove and went to the wall, turning a double into a triple.
Adam Cimber hit Bobby Dalbec, hit Jarren Duran, then stoked Tommy Pham before Tim Mayza put Rafael Devers on hard ground which hit first baseman Vladimir Guerrero’s glove, but slowed enough for the player from second baseman Santiago Espinal shows up and returns to first for the third out.
Dalbec was busy at first base.
In the fourth, he was unable to get under a foul popup near the stands, allowing Guererro to stay at the plate with two outs. He followed with a two-run single to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
But in the sixth, he came out of the bag to catch Devers’ bad throw on Santiago Espinal’s hard chopper in the third. Dalbec reached out as he landed to hit Espinal in the back before he reached base.
Jansen followed with a solo home run. The 108mph shot was taken barehanded by a fan in the front row of seats atop the Green Monster.
Red Sox: 2B Trevor Story went 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run in a rehab start for Double-A Portland. … LHP James Paxton will be arrested after tearing a side muscle trying to return from Tommy John surgery. He left his first rehab start last week after just two hitters.
Blue Jays: Go home to face the Angels. Toronto RHP Mitch White (0-1) will face LHP Reid Detmers (4-4).
Red Sox: Open a three-game series against the Rays. RHP Michael Wacha (8-1) will leave for Boston; Tampa Bay’s starter is TBD.
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