TORONTO (AP) — Ricky Romero struck out 12 in his first career shutout, Jose Bautista hit two home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Saturday.
Romero (4-1) allowed just five singles and walked one. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.88 and matched his career best for strikeouts while extending his unbeaten streak to five starts.
It was Bautista's second multihomer game of the season and No. 4 for his career. He went 3 for 4 with five RBIs.
The crowd of 15,945 stood and cheered as Romero faced Nelson Cruz with two out in the ninth. Cruz and manager Ron Washington argued with plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after he called strike two. Cruz grounded out to third on the next pitch.
The Rangers lost back-to-back games for the first time since May 4 and 5 at Oakland.
Bautista led off the fifth with his eight homer, a drive to left on an 0-1 pitch from Scott Feldman (1-4). He hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth and a three-run drive off Darren O'Day in the eighth.
Feldman, who is winless in his last six starts, allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Adam Lind also had an RBI single in the first for Toronto, which finished with 10 hits.
NOTES: Texas recalled RHPs Guillermo Moscoso and Pedro Strop from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned RHP Doug Mathis and OF Craig Gentry to its top farm club. ... Toronto OF Travis Snider (right wrist) got the day off. With Snider out, Fred Lewis made his first start in right field. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 14 games. ... Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler did not start, but came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth.