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Tuesday, June 15th (All times eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (35-30) at San Diego Padres (37-27), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Brett Cecil (7-2, 3.22) San Diego - Mat Latos (6-4, 3.24)

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays try to make it two straight wins this evening, when they play the second test of their three-game interleague set with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Monday's opener was delayed briefly by a 5.7-magnitude earthquake, but that could not shake the Blue Jays, as John Buck belted two home runs and Aaron Hill had three doubles and three RBI in Toronto's 6-3 win.

Buck's two homers, which plated three runs, pushed Toronto's major league- leading total to 101. The Blue Jays collected 12 hits overall in bouncing back from a three-game sweep at the hands of Colorado over the weekend.

"That was good to see," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "We've been struggling with the offense."

Shaun Marcum (6-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits in seven innings to take the win and snap a personal two-game slide.

"Our bats kind of took a vacation," Buck said of Toronto's losing streak. "To be able to come out and giving some run support to Marcum was huge."

Padres starter Jon Garland (6-5) gave up four runs in five innings to take the loss, San Diego's second in a row.

Tonight the Jays turn to one of the hottest pitchers in the league in 23- year-old lefty Brett Cecil, who has won his last five starts and is 7-2 with a 3.22 earned run average on the year.

Cecil's latest win came on Thursday, when he beat the majors' best team in the Tampa Bay Rays, holding them to a run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings to lower his AL-best batting average-against to .206. He is the Jays' first left-hander to win five straight starts since Gustavo Chacin did it back in 2005.

During his winning streak, Cecil has surrendered just six runs in 36 1/3 frames. However, he has pitched to a 7.20 ERA without a decision in two career interleague starts.

San Diego will counter with 22-year-old righty Mat Latos, who is 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA. Latos won for the fifth time in his last six decisions with a win over Johan Santana and the New York Mets on Thursday, allowing just two runs and two hits in six innings of that one. He also struck out eight batters in the win.

Both starters will be facing their opponents for the first time tonight.

Toronto took two of three from the Padres the last time these teams met back in 2004.

06/15 10:41:57 ET


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