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Toronto at Baltimore

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Toronto (44-44) «000020000260
Baltimore (38-48)000000000050

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0

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BALTIMORE -- His work done, Brett Cecil joined friends and family to watch the postgame fireworks display at Camden Yards.

Cecil outpitched Jason Berken in a duel between struggling rookies, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Friday to snap a three-game skid.

Cecil (3-1) allowed four hits over six innings to earn his first win in five starts since May 15. It was a delightful homecoming for Cecil, who grew up in Dunkirk, Md., and played for the University of Maryland before being drafted by Toronto in the first round of the 2007 draft.

"I only left 15 tickets but ... there's a ton more people that came," the left-hander said. "I saw guys up there that I haven't seen in a while that came down to congratulate me. I love coming home to play."

Cecil came in with a 6.23 ERA and yielded 12 runs in his previous two starts, but he had no trouble against the Orioles.

"Playing in front of the home crowd was awesome," he said. "I heard a lot of people out there."

Scott Downs, the fourth Blue Jays reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Berken (1-6) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander lowered his ERA from 6.25 to 5.87 but remained winless since beating Toronto in his first major league start on May 26.

"I felt pretty good the way I threw the ball tonight," Berken said.

But Cecil was better.

"It happens sometimes," Berken said. "Brett threw really well tonight. You just tip your cap to him."

Both teams were without their managers. Baltimore's Dave Trembley started a two-game suspension for actions following his ejection in Seattle on Tuesday night, and Toronto's Cito Gaston left to attend the funeral of his sister. Dave Jauss replaced Trembley and Brian Butterfield took over for Gaston.

Asked how it felt to watch in the stands, Trembley replied, "I'd rather go to the dentist. That's tough. We got one done. Now I've got one more to go."

Alex Rios hit two doubles and scored a run for Toronto, but Scott Rolen's 25-game hitting streak ended with an 0 for 4 performance.

That might have been the only downer on a night in which the Blue Jays (44-44) won for only the third time in 13 games. The slide dropped Toronto under .500 for the first time this season.

"I think [we] continue to show a lot of resiliency," Butterfield said. "You can feel good about the players in this clubhouse, you feel good about the leadership in this clubhouse, you feel good about the leadership that Cito provides. So it's definitely a great win in a tough division."

The Blue Jays broke open a scoreless game with a two-run fifth. Lyle Overbay ended a 3-for-37 skid with a leadoff single and went to third on a double by Rios. Dave Dellucci followed with an RBI groundout and Raul Chavez doubled in a run.

"If we would have said Berken would get us that late in the game and given up two runs, we would have taken it," Trembley said. "He pitched great. We didn't score any runs. That's the game."

Toronto used a walk and a two-out double by Rios to put runners on second and third in the second, but Berken got Dellucci to ground out.

Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half before Cesar Izturis grounded out.

"He was good," Izturis said of Cecil. "He was throwing strikes, his sinker was very good, and the changeup. He struggled in the second inning, but he got out of it."

Notes

Baltimore's Luke Scott extended his hitting streak to 10 games, tying his career high. ... Izturis (appendix) was activated from the 15-day DL before the game. ... Toronto extended its run of games with at least one double to 18.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

R. Chavez
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4010001 .283
Aaron Hill, 2B4000022 .295
Adam Lind, DH4010000 .308
Scott Rolen, 3B4000001 .325
Vernon Wells, CF4000001 .261
Lyle Overbay, 1B2110200 .251
Alex Rios, RF4120002 .265
Dave Dellucci, LF4001002 .193
    Jose Bautista, LF0000000 .263
Raul Chavez, C3011000 .264
Totals3326222  
Batting
2B - Alex Rios 2 (22, Berken, Berken), Raul Chavez (4, Berken)
RBI - Dave Dellucci (2), Raul Chavez (10)
Team LOB - 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Cecil (W,3-1) 6400250 5.40
Shawn Camp (H,3) 0.1100100 3.76
Jesse Carlson (H,6) 1.1000000 4.61
Jason Frasor (H,4) 0.1000000 2.53
Scott Downs (S,9) 1000020 1.91
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 96-56, Shawn Camp 10-6, Jesse Carlson 14-7, Jason Frasor 4-2, Scott Downs 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 7-6, Jesse Carlson 1-3, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 24, Shawn Camp 3, Jesse Carlson 4, Jason Frasor 1, Scott Downs 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000001 .271
Adam Jones, CF4010012 .308
Nick Markakis, RF4010001 .289
Aubrey Huff, 1B4000011 .259
Nolan Reimold, LF4000010 .257
Luke Scott, DH4020020 .307
Melvin Mora, 3B3010110 .262
Matt Wieters, C3000112 .260
Cesar Izturis, SS2000103 .257
Totals3205037  
Baltimore Orioles
Jason Berken (L,1-6) 5.2522210 5.87
Matt Albers 2.1100010 3.58
Kam Mickolio 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Berken 88-51, Matt Albers 27-19, Kam Mickolio 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Berken 4-12, Matt Albers 5-1, Kam Mickolio 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Berken 24, Matt Albers 8, Kam Mickolio 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30574
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dale Scott