It's hard to believe Ricky Romero's disastrous season could find new depths to plumb.

The former all-star has already set career-worsts in just about every statistical category: he's walking more batters than ever before, striking out fewer, giving up more hits and home runs, while pitching fewer innings.

But every time it looks as if he has hit rock bottom, another trap door opens up and he plunges straight through.

On Sunday, Romero reached another new low, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk while failing to get even a single out in the second inning.

The one inning plus seven batters marked the shortest outing of his four-year career and raised his earned-run average to 5.85, worst in the majors among qualified starters.

He extended his losing streak to 12 games, also worst in the majors ? and the longest in Blue Jays' history in a single season ? as the Tampa Bay Rays pummelled the Jays 9-4.