Loooooove Brett Cecil! The young lefty brought it again this afternoon against the O’s, going eight innings and giving up just a pair of runs in the Jays’ 5-2 win — their second in what’s shaping up to be a sure sweep of an incredibly competent division rival (note: sarcasm). Cecil cruised once again, giving up just four hits and walking none to improve to 5-2 in eight starts since getting the call in late-April.
Baltimore actually grabbed a 2-1 lead after scoring twice with two outs in the sixth, but Aaron Hill tied it with a solo shot in the bottom half. Vernon Wells pushed Toronto ahead with a bomb off the facing of the 300 level in the eighth and Lyle Overbay followed a few batters later with a two-run blast — his second homer of the game — to make the final 5-2.
Back to Cecil, though: Aside from a few cheap hits in the sixth, he was in complete control. Unlike his rookie season, for the most part, he’s getting it done with relative ease, and even showed some pretty good poise the only time he ran into trouble this afternoon. After three straight two-out hits and an Edwin Encarnacion error in the sixth, he settled down to strike out Miguel Tejada and strand a pair, then set down six straight before giving way to Kevin Gregg, who grabbed his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.
The win is the Jays’ ninth in their last 11 home games, bumping them to 29-22 overall and a game back of the Yankees in the Wild Card hunt with just 111 to go. Ricky Romero (4-2, 3.42) faces Jeremy Guthrie (3-4, 3.62) in the Baltimore finale tomorrow, then things get interesting — Tampa Bay comes in for three starting Monday and New York for another three starting Friday.