TORONTO (AP) -- Ricky Romero won for the seventh time in nine starts, J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Thursday night.
Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames added solo shots as the Blue Jays won back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Baltimore.
Rookie David Cooper went 3 for 4 and had two RBIs as Toronto evened its record at 72-72.
Boston lost for the fourth time in five games and failed to gain ground on the first place New York Yankees, who lost 5-4 in 10 innings to Baltimore earlier in the day. The Red Sox are 2 1/2 games behind New York with 19 left to play.