- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TORONTO (AP) | David Purcey was handed a spot in Toronto’s rotation this spring but lasted just five starts before being demoted to the minor leagues. On Monday night, he made his pitch for a longer look in 2010.

Lyle Overbay and John McDonald homered, Purcey won for the first time in more than a year and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 9-2, handing the Orioles their fifth straight loss.

Toronto has won 11 of 13 home games against Baltimore and 25 of 35 dating to 2006.

“His breaking pitches were nasty; his fastball was sneaky,” Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora said of Purcey. “He was good; he was really good.”

Purcey (1-2) had not won since pitching eight shutout innings Sept. 7, 2008, against Tampa Bay. The left-hander allowed one run and four hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings Monday.

It was Purcey’s second start since he was recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas on Sept. 8. He allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings at Detroit last week.

“The last two outings he’s been good,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. “He struggled to start off, balls and strikes, as he normally would, but he came back and pitched a great game for us there.”

Toronto’s first-round draft pick in 2004, Purcey is battling fellow young lefties Brett Cecil and Marc Rzepczynski for a starting spot in 2010. Despite the competition, he’s trying not to approach each outing as an audition.

“I’m getting an opportunity now to pitch, and that’s all I can ask for,” Purcey said. “That’s what I want to do, try to make the most of it.”

Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Travis Snider each hit a two-run single for the Blue Jays, who batted around in the third and eighth innings.

Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Shawn Camp came on and got Mora to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Right-hander Jason Frasor gave up a sacrifice fly to Felix Pie in the ninth.

Orioles rookie Chris Tillman (2-4) allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked three and struck out five.

“He gives you glimpses, and he shows you at times what he’s going to be all about,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “That’s what excites you about him. Then he kind of runs into a little bit of a wall and has trouble finishing off hitters.”

Pie’s RBI single gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead in the second, but Toronto took the lead with a three-run third. Lind singled home two runs, and after Vernon Wells grounded out, Tillman walked three straight batters, including Snider with the bases loaded.

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