NEW YORK -- Facing Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded hardly fazed Ricky Romero. Because what the Toronto pitcher saw earlier in the game, now that was truly scary.
Romero got right back up after a frightening line drive flattened him, twice retired Rodriguez in dicey spots and led the Blue Jays past the New York Yankees, 5-3, Friday night.
The game took a dangerous turn in the third inning when Mark Teixeira scorched a line drive directly at Romero's head. The left-hander somehow managed to catch the ball inches from his face, and the impact sent him sprawling backward on the mound.
"It's one of those things where you just react. I don't know how I reacted, but had enough time," Romero said. "He absolutely smoked that ball, there's no doubt about it.
"I guess there's an angel next to me right there."
Romero was down for a moment, and Toronto infielders and plate umpire John Hirschbeck went to check on him. The crowd of 40,830 gasped when the replay was shown on the videoboard and Teixeira mouthed "wow" in the dugout.
"I'm glad I didn't hit him. I'm glad he caught it," Teixeira said. "If he doesn't get his glove up, then it might've been ugly."
Never rattled, Romero recovered quickly and struck out Rodriguez to end the inning.
"I got back up and made pitches," he said. "Obviously, you leave happy and nothing crazy happened."
Romero was even able to joke about it after the game.
"I'm athletic, I'm athletic," he said, laughing. "I knew I had it all the way."
Jose Bautista hit his AL-leading ninth home run and J.P. Arencibia also connected for Toronto. Speedy Rajai Davis returned from the disabled list and stole two bases, then scored when reliever David Robertson botched a first-and-third pickoff play and made a wild throw.
Robinson Cano hit a pair of solo home runs for the Yankees, including a shot in the eighth inning. New York went on to load the bases with one out, but Derek Jeter struck out and Nick Swisher grounded out.