NEWS
09/19/2011 10:12 EDT | Updated 11/19/2011 05:12 EST

Adam Lind drives in winning run as Blue Jays beat Angels 3-2 in 10 innings

TORONTO - Ricky Romero pitched nine strong innings but didn't get the win. Adam Lind didn't get a hit but drove in the winning run.

Somehow it all worked out for the Toronto Blue Jays as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Lind's fielder's choice grounder in the 10th inning on Monday.

The Blue Jays are now 10-0 in extra inning games at home.

"Being able to get deep in games and stuff like that as a starting pitcher makes you proud," said Romero who was deprived of his 16th win when the Blue Jays couldn't score in the ninth.

"I'm not worried about stats and stuff like that I'm worried about going deep in games and giving the team a chance to win the game," Romero said. "As long as I do that I know I've done my job."

The game turned when Angels right-fielder Torii Hunter, who moved in as a fifth infielder in the 10th inning, couldn't get the out at home on Lind's grounder.

With Mike McCoy at third base and Jose Bautista at first with one out, left-hander Scott Downs (6-3), a former Blue Jay, got a ground ball toward first base from Lind.

First baseman Mark Trumbo couldn't reach the ball but Hunter did and his throw home was just up the first base line as McCoy scored the winning run.

It made a winner of Casey Janssen (6-0), who pitched the 10th and overcame a leadoff double by Vernon Wells, also a former Blue Jay.

Hunter was brought into the infield when the Angels failed to turn the double play on Bautista's grounder to third. They only were able to get the force on Eric Thames, who had followed McCoy with a single, when second baseman Howie Kendrick juggled the throw.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell liked the strategy of bringing Hunter to the infield but was glad it did not work this time.

"They had someone in the field right in front of the ground ball," he said. "When you're in a do-or-die situation and you've got a ground ball pitcher on the mound it's a very effective strategy, particularly with the match-up.

"It's very difficult to lift the ball on Downs and they covered all the spots that they felt defensively they were going to be in place for."

Hunter had also been moved into the infield in the ninth, but when there were two out he went back to right field where he hauled in J.P. Arencibia's line drive to force extra innings.

Arencibia drove in two runs with a two-out ground ball single to right in the fourth that put Toronto in front 2-1.

But the game came down to Lind's grounder and Hunter's throw.

"That's a tough play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You're going to your left. It's a base hit if Torii's not there. He got it and tried to make a quick crow-hop to get the ball home and just pulled his throw a little bit."

Hunter agreed: "Tough play, man. My momentum was carrying me to my left. I had everything going on. The base runner was in my way, Trumbo got in my way and my momentum just wouldn't let me set my feet. I should have made that play. I should have set my feet and made that play."

The Blue Jays had a chance to win the game for Romero in the ninth. Edwin Encarnacion led off with a single against reliever Bobby Cassevah.

Downs took over and Dewayne Wise ran for Encarnacion. Kelly Johnson put down a bunt that hugged the line for a hit as Downs watched it roll, hoping it would go foul. It didn't.

Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., sacrificed to put runners at second and third.

Pinch-hitter Jose Molina took a curveball for a third strike before Arencibia lined out to Hunter to end the inning.

That left Romero, who had 20 groundball outs through nine innings, with nothing to show for his effort. He allowed six hits and no walks while striking out five.

He has a career-high 217 1-3 innings pitched for the season.

"My sinker was working today and they kept pounding it into the ground," Romero said. "Towards the end I started using my second and third pitches and I was able to stick to my game plan."

His record stayed at 15-10 but his earned-run was lowered to 2.98. He has allowed only 170 hits in 31 starts.

"I was just praying, I was trying to get something up and out over the plate because anything middle in is going to cut and break your bat," Hunter said.

Angels starter Jerome Williams left the game after 6 1-3 innings with the score tied at 2-2. He allowed six hits, three walks and two unearned runs while striking out three.

Hunter led off the second with his 21st homer on a 3-2 fastball.

The Blues Jays were able to turn a single, two walks and an error into a pair of unearned runs in the fourth on Arencibia's groundball single through the right side of the infield.

Trumbo tied it for the Angels when he led off the fifth with his 28th homer. He leads major-league rookies in home runs and with 83 RBIs. Arencibia in second at 78 RBIs along with 23 homers.

Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 11,178. ... Thames was back in the starting lineup after he suffered a cut left eyelid in Sunday's game when he fouled a pitch back into his face. ... Shortstop Yunel Escobar missed his seventh game in a row after being hit on the left elbow with a pitch on Sept. 10. He did some running and throwing but the elbow and forearm are bruised and he does not have full range of motion. ... Brett Cecil (4-9, 4.37 earned-run average), who missed Friday's start after cutting a finger on a blender in the clubhouse at Boston on Wednesday, is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Angels' Joel Pineiro (6-7, 5.33 ERA). Cecil is 0-5 with a 4.42 ERA in his past eight starts.