Blue Jays 2, Rays 1

Matt Garza made 102 pitches Friday night. The only throw the

Tampa Bay right-hander wanted back most, though, was an easy toss

to first base.

Lyle Overbay doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh

inning, Brett Cecil won for the first time in four starts and the

Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of two Tampa Bay errors to hand

the Rays their third straight loss, 2-1 Friday night.

Garza and second baseman Sean Rodriguez made throwing errors for

the unusually sloppy Rays, who made only three errors on their

just-concluded 11-game homestand, going 8-3.

”There was no margin for error tonight, based on the pitching

on both sides,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Cecil (9-5) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings,

walked two and struck out nine, one shy of his career high. The

left-hander said he threw more cutters and sliders than usual.

”I relied a lot on those pitches tonight,” Cecil said. ”I got

a couple of strikeouts on both and got a couple of the changeup as


Cecil is 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his past six starts.

”He’s been real impressive,” Overbay said. ”Just talking to

the guys, the not-so-many guys who got on first base, they were

saying he had his game today.”

Shawn Camp worked the eighth and Kevin Gregg pitched around a

leadoff single in the ninth to earn his 25th save in 29


Toronto won despite failing to hit a home run for the first time

in 14 home games. The Blue Jays have lost eight of 13 home games

against the Rays, dating to last season.

Garza (11-6) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings for

the Rays, who hadn’t lost three straight since June 20-23. Garza

walked none and struck out four.

The Rays scored their only run in the first. Rodriguez hit a

ground-rule double to right and scored one out later on Willy

Aybar’s double to left.

Ben Zobrist followed with an infield single but Cecil set down

the next 13 batters.

”Two of our last three losses have been by 2-1 scores,” Maddon

said. ”Obviously we need to do a bit more offensively.”

Toronto tied it in the third. Edwin Encarnacion led off with a

double that bounced under the glove of Gabe Kapler in left. When

Jose Molina followed with a liner to second, Rodriguez tried to

complete the double play but threw the ball down the left field

line, allowing Encarnacion to score without a play.

”At first I thought we had a shot at him,” Rodriguez said.

”Literally the minute the ball left my hand I said ‘Man, there was

no play.’ Sure enough, the ball ends up in left field.

”You always get upset when you make mistakes and make errors,”

Rodriguez added. ”That one hurts, especially with the way (Garza)


B.J. Upton ended Cecil’s streak by drawing a leadoff walk in the

sixth and Rodriguez followed with a single, but Evan Longoria

grounded into a double play. Aybar walked, putting runners at the

corners, before Zobrist struck out to end the inning.

”That was our best opportunity right there,” Maddon said.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the seventh, a rally that started

when Bautista bounced back to the mound but was safe when Zobrist

bobbled Garza’s low throw.

”It’s a routine play, you can’t mess that up,” Garza said.

”It’s going to a rough one to swallow.”

Vernon Wells struck out, Adam Lind singled and Aaron Hill flied

out before Overbay hit an RBI double over the head of Kapler in

left. Kapler recovered the ball and fired a one-hop strike to the

plate to throw out Lind, who was trying to score from first.

NOTES: The Rays placed 1B Carlos Pena (right foot) on the 15-day

DL, retroactive to Aug. 1, and recalled RHP Dale Thayer from

Triple-A Durham. … Blue Jays RHP Jesse Litsch will have

season-ending surgery on his right hip next week. LHP Brad Mills

was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace him in the

rotation. … Rays OF Carl Crawford was held out of the lineup but

will start Saturday, Maddon said. … The complete game was Garza’s

third of the season and the sixth of his career. … Blue Jays C

J.P. Arencibia will make his major league debut Saturday. He was

called up Wednesday when John Buck (right thumb) went on the 15-day