Red Sox baserunner Will Middlebrooks (left) scores as Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia misses the ball during second inning action in Toronto on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)
TORONTO - Rogers Centre had its lid open for the first time this season.
Fresh air, stale dead air, it's all the same to the Blue Jays — they can lose under any condition.
Even the news of the impending arrival of former 'ace' Ricky Romero didn't seem to lift their spirits, elevate their play.
So, after winning the opener against Jon Lester and then being dominated by Clay Buchholz on Wednesday, the Jays lost the rubber match Thursday to the Boston Red Sox 3-1 to drop yet another series and lose more ground. A total of 10 walks did them in this game as two of those Boston runners came around to score.
The Jays are now 10 1/2 games back of Boston and overall are 4-12 against teams in their own division. They have lost eight of their last 10, 12 of their last 16 and have won just one series this season. Yuk!
They will open a three-game set at home against the Seattle Mariners on Friday with Romero on the hill for his first start of the season.