It didn't look good on paper for the Jays in the opener of the three-game series against the Rays on Tuesday night.

The visitors, fresh off the emotional retirement of Robbie Alomar's number, were up against their pitching nemesis, lefthander David Price, who entered with an undefeated eight-win record in nine starts against Toronto. But the Jays rode solo home runs by Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar and the strong pitching of their own lefty ace Ricky Romero to a 3-1 win.

Romero (9-9) tossed a gritty one-hitter through eight innings. He threw 45 pitches through the first two innings but stepped up and regrouped for 109 total. This was the second straight game he pitched at least eight innings and equalled his July win total after just one August start.