SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) --
's first major league win came against an appropriate opponent.
Hill pitched into the sixth inning and
delivered a key two-run double in the bottom of the sixth as the
concluded interleague play with a 6-4 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays
A native of the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Hill (1-1) made his major league debut Tuesday at Philadelphia, where he was shelled for seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of a 17-7 loss. Facing the team for which he grew up rooting, the 22-year-old lefthander allowed one run and seven hits.
"It's the first one," Hill said. "I still have a lot to work on and I haven't been throwing it that well. I was hoping to get (the first win) against Philadelphia last week so I kind of forgot about it and got the chance this time around."
"Hill gave us five solid innings," Montreal manager
said. "It was a nice performance by him."
The 16th Canadian to appear in a Montreal uniform and first since outfielder
, Hill struck out six and walked two. He escaped a jam in the fifth but was pulled an inning later after loading the bases.
"I ran out of gas real soon," admitted Hill, who retired 10 of the first 12 batters he faced. "I can usually go pretty deep into games, pretty strong without losing velocity or command. I felt it in the fourth and fifth starting to tail off a little bit. In the sixth, I was jerking a little bit and leaving breaking balls up."
struck out six in three scoreless innings before
struggled to get through the ninth.
Vargas, who had allowed eight runs in his first four relief appearances of the season, picked up Hill by striking out
on a flyout and fanning
"Huge, huge," Hill said of Vargas. "He came through very well. He threw the ball very well today. He got me out of that and he turned the whole events of the game".
Cordero gave up a pair of run-scoring hits and a bases-loaded walk to
, forcing Robinson to call on Horgan, who fanned
for his first major league save.
"When you're one hit away from tying the game it's good to see that our guys didn't quit," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "It would have been a lot better if we could have tied or gone ahead."
Cordero's struggles in the ninth came after the game was delayed by rain a second time. Following the 24-minute delay, the ninth was played during a steady downpour.
The Expos gave Hill a 2-1 lead on RBI singles by
, then erupted for four runs in the sixth as Batista plated
with a double to left-center field.
(7-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, snapping his five-game road winning streak.