Romo pitched one-third of an inning in Sunday's 3-2 triumph over the Angels, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and blowing the save in the ninth inning. Romo entered in the ninth inning to protect a 2-0 lead and surrendered three hits while recording only one out. He was removed and replaced by Lou Trivino, who navigated the jam and got the win in extras. The blown save is Romo's second in eight September appearances and he has an unsightly 15.00 ERA in six innings this month.
Romo secured his third save in a win over the Angels on Friday, firing a scoreless ninth inning during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout. The veteran right-hander got a relatively rare ninth-inning call and was up to the task, working around a baserunner to get through the frame on 14 pitches and preserve the Athletics' one-run lead. Romo went through a considerably rocky stretch where he allowed 11 earned runs on 10 hits over 4.2 innings in six appearances between Aug. 28 and Sept. 14, but he has bounced back with back-to-back scoreless efforts and clearly still has the trust of manager Bob Melvin to pitch in high-leverage spots when the need arises.
Romo (1-1) took the loss Friday as the A's were downed 11-10 by the Blue Jays, failing to record an out in the ninth inning while giving up three hits capped by a walkoff three-run home run by Marcus Semien. The right-hander completed a total meltdown by the Oakland bullpen that saw three relievers, including erstwhile closer Lou Trivino, cough up nine runs in the final two frames. Romo was still the guy stuck with the blown save though, his third of the year, and while Trivino's recent back spasms and poor performances may have thrown open the ninth-inning role, Romo isn't making a strong case to claim it with a 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over his last nine appearances and 8.2 innings.
Romo earned the save Thursday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers. He allowed one walk and no hits while striking out one. Romo was tasked with protecting a two-run lead in the ninth and worked around a walk to Robbie Grossman to collect his second save of the season. Both saves came within the last week while Lou Trivino deals with back spasms. Overall this year, Romo has compiled a 3.02 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 52 innings.
Romo earned the save Saturday against the Yankees despite allowing two runs and two hits across one inning with no walks or strikeouts. Romo needed 16 pitches to close things out in the ninth and he was far from effective, giving up a two-run shot to Aaron Judge that made it a one-run game with two outs to go. Fortunately for Oakland, Romo retired Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo to clinch his first save of the campaign. The two runs allowed on Judge's blast were the first ones he's allowed since Aug. 13, and he has given up just three runs across 11.2 innings (11 appearances) this month.
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