ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 24: (L-R) Fred Lewis #15, Vernon Wells #10 and Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays congratulate each other following their victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Anaheim Stadium on May 24, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jays defeated the Angels 6-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Brett Cecil Stays Strong As Jays Hand Angels First Shutout

Brett Cecil tossed a solid seven innings as the Angels became the last team to get shut out on the year. Read more at Halos Heaven and Bluebird Banter.

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Brett Cecil Stays Strong As Jays Hand Angels First Shutout

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Brett Cecil threw 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball to help the Toronto Blue Jays take a 6-0 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game set.

Cecil (4-2) gave up just two walks and struck out three to combine with Jason Frasor and Scott Downs in the shutout for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight after dropping their previous three. Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Vernon Wells added an RBI and a run scored in the win.

"I didn't feel good in the pen or the first five innings," said Cecil. "My arm felt stiff, but I was hitting my spots and using my offspeed stuff. I was able to keep it down in the zone.

Joe Saunders (3-6) was touched for three runs on four hits with five walks and six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the Angels, who have dropped three of four. Hideki Matsui, Torii Hunter and Kevin Frandsen each had a hit in the loss.

"I thought Brett pitched well, he moved the ball around and changed speeds," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "I thought Joe pitched well. He wasn't locked in like the last couple of games, but he gave us a chance to win. We just couldn't get any offense going."

Toronto struck in the first inning as Fred Lewis led off with a triple and later came home on a sacrifice fly from Lind.

The Blue Jays added a run in the fourth as, with one out, Alex Gonzalez singled, Jose Bautista walked and John Buck followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Toronto blew the game open in the seventh. With men on first and second and Jason Bulger on the hill, Lind ripped a double to score one, and Wells followed with an RBI single.

Robert Cassevah then took the mound and a slow grounder to the right of the mound by Lyle Overbay scored Lind. After the next two batters walked, Buck hit a liner to short that Erick Aybar misplayed, allowing Wells to score for a 6-0 lead.

Cecil, meanwhile, was dominating as he retired the first eight hitters he faced before a two-out single from Frandsen in the third. After a leadoff walk to Kendry Morales in the fifth he set down the next 10 Angels in order before Matsui punched a one-out single to center in the eighth.

Cecil then walked Mike Napoli and was taken off the mound for Frasor, who retired the next two batters to escape the jam.

Downs worked around a two-out single to Hunter in the ninth to complete the shutout.

The Angels were the last team in the majors to be shut out this season...It was the fourth shutout this season for the Blue Jays...The last time Saunders faced the Blue Jays, he yielded only two unearned runs on five hits and one walk in a 6-3 win on April 17 to help the Angels complete a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto. He fell to 2-4 in seven career games against Toronto...Hunter has a 10-game hitting streak.

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