doesn't consider himself one of the American League's top power hitters even though he's near the top of the home run list.
Hill's 25th homer - a three-run shot- was the key blow in the
Toronto Blue Jays
' 6-5 win over the
on Saturday night.
Hill now trails only
(26) among the leading home run hitters in the league.
''Don't put me in that category,'' the Blue Jays All-Star second baseman said. ''Those guys are proven home run hitters. I'm
just lucky. I keep trying to hit line drives and sometimes they go out of the ballpark.''
Hill had four RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the second and a go-ahead homer in the fourth, to provide the bulk of
''I can't say enough about him,'' manager
said. ''I still think he can get better, believe it or not. There are some things I'd like to see him do. I'd like to see
him sit on his pitch and not go after every pitch when he's up there.''
While Hill provided the offense, rookie left-hander
picked up the victory with six good innings and one bad one. Cecil (5-1) gave up four runs in the second, but nothing else.
He retired 15 consecutive hitters after
's three-run double in the second gave the A's a brief 4-3 lead.
Hill said he simply stopped throwing so many fastballs.
''They were sitting on the fastball,'' Cecil said. ''In the third inning, I didn't throw one fastball the whole time... After
(the second) I felt like a different pitcher.''
The Toronto bullpen secured the victory, but not without a couple scares, one on the scoreboard and one on the field.
took the mound in the ninth with a 6-4 lead. He retired the first hitter, but then
lined a ball off his left toe. The ball dribbled away for an infield single.
then lined a double into right field. Gaston then brought the trainer to the mound to have a look at Downs, who had been on
the disabled list with an injury to his left toe last month. Gaston said Downs had aggravated the injury. He'll be re-evaluated
entered with the potential tying run at second. He got pinch-hitter
on a bouncer back to the mound for the second out, as a run scored. Frasor ended the game, stranding the potential tying run
at third, by striking out pinch-hitter
. It was Frasor's fourth save.
The loss disappointed a sellout crowd of 35,067 on Rickey Henderson Night. The A's retired the No. 24 for the recently inducted
Hall of Famer.
The game matched a couple of rookie pitchers headed in opposite directions. Cecil, who was just drafted in 2007, came into
the game having allowed only one run in his previous 20 innings. A's right-hander
, who was impressive enough in the spring to win a rotation spot at age 21, had a 7.98 ERA over his previous seven starts.
Both pitchers were shaky early, but Cecil righted himself and Cahill (6-10) didn't.
''Just the fact that when I get behind guys, they're able to look for a pitch,'' Cahill said. ''(When I) try to bring a fastball,
they're looking for it, and that usually leads to more home runs. Overbay was ahead 3-1 and he was just looking for a fastball.''
NOTES: A's 1B
, who is on the disabled list with a strained right quad, is back with the team and said he'll be ready to be activated when
he's eligible on Tuesday. ''I feel great,'' said Giambi, who was rehabbing at his home in Las Vegas. Giambi said he's been
hitting, running and throwing. ... OF
returned to the A's lineup after missing the past four games with tightness in his left quad. ... 3B
, a day after they were acquired from the Reds in the
trade. Encarnacion was in the starting lineup, batting seventh. ... With his 25th homer, Hill became the first American League
second baseman to reach that milestone since