"When he left a pitch up over the plate, they didn't miss it," manager John Farrell said. "Early on he established his secondary stuff well to keep some guys off balance. But as the game
wore on and we got into the middle innings, when he made a mistake up, it cost him."
The Blue Jays almost rallied to get Cecil off the hook in the ninth inning but came up short, as Angels closer
Ernesto Frieri extended his scoreless streak to 23 games.
Jeff Mathis started the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle, his fourth hit of the game,
and Brett Lawrie followed with an opposite-field single to right to put runners on first and second with
After Frieri struck out Colby Rasmus, he walked Jose Bautista to load the bases for Edwin Encarnacion, who hit into a game-ending double play.
Toronto had a potent game at the plate, but Cecil was shelled after two strong starts since being recalled
from the Minors.
The left-hander, who lost his job in the rotation at the end of Spring Training, allowed just
three runs over his first two starts of the season -- a success he was unable to duplicate on Thursday night
Cecil put the Blue Jays in a hole in the second inning after issuing his first homer of the game -- a shot
by Alberto Callaspo that put the Angels up, 1-0.
After Toronto tied the score, it took the lead on a solo homer by Mathis, but the second homer Cecil
surrendered was a two-run shot to Mark Trumbo, his 19th of the year, that put the Angels ahead, 3-2.
The Blue Jays, however, chipped away and gave Cecil another lead. After Mathis and Rasmus reached base in the fifth, Bautista crushed a 3-2 offering from Angels starter Dan
Haren into the seats in left to put Toronto ahead, 6-5. It was Bautista's Major League-leading 26th homer,
and it extended his club record for home runs in a single month to 14.
"This guy, he's as tough an out as there is in the batter's box because he can hit the ball to all
fields," Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said about Bautista. "Every time we've seen him, he's really a tough
out. He's got power all around the field, handles a variety of pitches, takes his walks. This guy's tough.
He doesn't give away any at-bats."
But Cecil was unable to hold the lead for long, as the Angels responded with three runs in the top of the
sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer from rookie Mike Trout that chased Cecil from the game.
"Just getting the ball up, really," Cecil said when asked what went wrong. "I thought I threw some good pitches
that they got hits on, and obviously I threw some bad pitches that they got hits on. ... I feel bad
personally, because the guys [went] out there and [got] some runs for me."
Cecil lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits, while striking out a season-high six batters,
but the rough outing is not expected to have any bearing on his place in the rotation. Toronto has been
decimated by injuries to its starting staff, and Cecil is considered among the most viable
options the team has.
The ball was flying out of the Rogers Centre all night, and it wasn't just Cecil who struggled.
Toronto roughed up Haren, but the righty improved to 6-7 on the season despite allowing six runs on seven
hits over six innings.
Mathis had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, but he was unable to enjoy the
offensive outburst due to the outcome.
"Obviously, it's nice to have a day at the plate like that, but when you come out with a loss, it's still
not satisfying," said Mathis, who collected his first four-hit game since July 23, 2008, against the
Indians. "It was a nice day offensively, but you need to get it done defensively behind the plate, too."
Lawrie also had a multihit game and has now reached base safely in 17 consecutive contests.
The loss marked just the second time this season that Toronto has scored at least seven runs and lost; the
first came in an extra-inning defeat to Texas in May.
"It was a strong offensive night tonight," Farrell said. "But at some point we have to find a way to get
deeper into games. We are putting an awful lot of pressure on our bullpen right now."
Toronto turned to four relievers, and closer Casey Janssen was the only one to allow a run, on
a ninth-inning triple by Trumbo.
The loss dropped the Blue Jays to .500 on the year, while the Angels moved 10 games over .500 and improved
to 14-1 over their past 15 road games.