Toronto Blue Jays
got off to fast start against
took over from there.
Hill hit a two-run homer and Toronto roughed up Mazzaro in a 7-2 victory over the
scored five runs off Mazzaro before making an out.
doubled after Hill's 26th homer, and
each walked to load the bases.
then hit a three-run double.
Romero (10-4) gave up two runs in seven innings, joining Tampa Bay's
as the only rookies with double-digit victories. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 3.53 with his 12th quality start in 17
''He gives us an opportunity to win every single time,''
said. ''For a young guy he has composure on the mound. When he does give up runs, he gets his focus back where it needs to
be. He goes out and makes quality pitches. He's a competitor and he gives you his best effort every time.''
Romero struck out five and walked one, improving to 7-1 with a 3.36 ERA in his last nine starts.
''You could see when he started struggling he just started throwing fastballs 93, 94, 95 mph,'' Toronto manager
said. ''I think when you see that it shows you he has a lot of confidence. Sometimes guys get out there and get upset and
can't throw strikes, no matter how hard you can throw.''
Mazzaro (2-8), one of four rookies in the A's rotation, has lost eight consecutive decisions since winning his first two career
starts. He gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings and has allowed at least six runs in four consecutive starts, the
first A's starter to do that since
''It's been challenging,'' Mazzaro said. ''They came out swinging. And I was leaving the ball over the plate. For one thing
you can't miss your spots. They are going to hurt you if you miss your spots. If you are going to do that, you want to miss
better. If you want to go in, you want to go in hard. And that's the thing I have to work on a lot. That's what I'm learning
had RBI singles for Oakland.
finished with two hits.
Hill went deep for the second straight day and also singled in the second. He is batting .353 with six homers and 16 RBIs
during a 12-game hitting streak.
''He's done a great job through hard work,'' Gaston said. ''Like I keep telling you guys, I believe he's going to get a lot
was out of the lineup because of a bruised right heel. ... RHP
will handle the closing duties while LHP
is on the disabled list. Downs was placed on the DL on Sunday after aggravating an injury to his left big toe on Saturday
night. ... RHP
, acquired from the Reds in the
deal, made his Toronto debut with a scoreless inning. Barajas was particularly impressed with his slider. ... A's manager
said he had no update on the status of RHP
, who was scratched from Friday's scheduled rehab appearance for what the team called a ''non-baseball issue.'' The two-time
All-Star has missed the entire season rehabbing from elbow and back injuries.