TORONTO - Coco Crisp hit two solo home runs and the Oakland Athletics used an eight-run second inning to extend their winning streak to seven games with a 16-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
It was the largest shutout loss in Blue Jays history.
There was more bad news for the Blue Jays. Catcher J.P. Arencibia is expected to be out of the lineup for about six weeks after fracturing his right hand in the second inning after taking a Brandon Inge foul ball on the hand.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-7) was removed after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career. He was charged with eight runs on four hits and six walks (one intentional) in losing his sixth start in a row. His earned-run average in the six losses is 10.48.
The shortest start of the left-hander’s career before Wednesday was 2 1/3 innings against Boston on July 9, 2010. It was the fourth consecutive start in which the Blue Jays have not scored a run in support of Romero.
A.J. Griffin (3-0) held the Blue Jays (48-49) to three hits and no runs in six innings to win his third start in a row.