The frustration of having to virtually pitch shutout ball every time he toes the rubber flooded over the levees of restraint within Jays left-hander Ricky Romero Monday night.

The third year veteran called out the offence following his 2-0 loss to Tim Hudson and the Braves at Turner Field. For the first time this season he separated the pitching staff, of which he is the acknowledged leader, from the hitters, a group that has been letting the team down lately and him all season. In nine Jays losses started by Romero, the club has scored just 13 runs. Frustration spoke.

"All I can do is just pitch," Romero said. "I can't worry about the offence and what they do. I've always said this at one point we can't rely on (Jose) Bautista, we can't rely on (Adam) Lind. We've got to get somebody else to step up and get on base and drive them in. These guys are getting pitched around. Everyone's got to step it up or else we're not going to be winning ballgames. This team doesn't revolve around one or two guys. Everyone's got to put in their parts. That's how we win ballgames."