Romero leads Blue Jays over Orioles 4-2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ricky Romero allowed five hits in seven innings, Aaron Hill homered and the Toronto Blue Jays ended the Baltimore Orioles' four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Friday night.

Fred Lewis had two hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who improved to 7-0 against the Orioles this season, including 4-0 in Baltimore. Toronto was 1-8 at Camden Yards last year.

Romero (7-6) gave up two unearned runs, walked one and struck out five. The left-hander retired the first 12 batters and allowed hits in only the fifth and seventh innings.

Romero lost his previous three starts, yielding a combined 13 earned runs over five innings in the last two.

After Shawn Camp struck out Adam Jones with two outs and runners on second and third in the eighth, Kevin Gregg worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Hill had three hits, including Toronto's major league-leading 137th home run. The Blue Jays have homered in nine straight games, collecting 22 over that span.

Yunel Escobar, obtained in a trade Wednesday with Atlanta, went 1 for 4 with a walk in his Toronto debut.

Felix Pie, Julio Lugo and Ty Wigginton had two hits apiece for the Orioles, who swept a four-game series in Texas before the All-Star break to match their season high for wins.

Brad Bergesen (3-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings. He is 0-5 in his last eight starts.

Toronto got a first-inning run when Lewis hit a leadoff double, took third on a bunt single by Escobar and scored on a fly to center by Vernon Wells.

Hill led off the second with his 13th homer, the second in two games, and an RBI single by Adam Lind made it 3-0 in the third.

Baltimore closed to 3-2 in the fifth. Wigginton singled to left, the first Oriole to reach base, and took second when Lewis misplayed the ball. Pie singled, and Lugo drove in a run with a two-out infield hit before Edwin Encarnacion botched a grounder to third, allowing Pie to score.

Successive doubles by Hill and Lyle Overbay made it 4-2 in the sixth.

NOTES: Toronto's seven-game winning streak over Baltimore is its longest since an eight-game run from Sept. 18, 2002-June 23, 2003. ... Bergesen has allowed 20 hits in his last two starts. ... Toronto RHP Shaun Marcum (elbow) could come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend, manager Cito Gaston said. ... Baltimore is 8-22 in the first game of a series.