If there's a secret formula Toronto Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero is using to deal with the Baltimore Orioles, he's not giving it away.

After pitching eight brilliant innings to beat the Orioles 7-2 in sweltering heat Sunday afternoon, Romero has run his record to 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last eight starts versus Baltimore.

"I enjoy pitching, period. No matter who the opponent is," said Romero, who gave up a couple of tape-measure solo home runs to Orioles' slugger Mark Reynolds.

"I know what I'm capable of. Today was just a lot of groundballs. It was just a matter of keeping it simple. I wasn't trying to do too much. Just told myself I was going to hit spots down in the zone. We did it with a lot of fastballs and cutters."

For the first time since opening day, Romero did not walk a batter.

"Ricky was just outstanding," said Jays manager Farrell. "I think he was at 75% strikes on the day. A lot of low pitch-count innings allowed him to get deep in the game and continue to pump strikes all day long."

By the time the Orioles got their first hit in the fourth inning, the Jays were already up 5-0 thanks to an offensive boost from the bottom of the order. The onslaught included contributions from Farrell's new best friend, No. 9 hitter Brett Lawrie, who had two hits, including his first major-league home run in the sixth inning.

No. 8 hitter John McDonald drove in a pair of runs with a double and a single, while No. 7 hitter J.P. Arencibia delivered a pair of runs with a double.

"I know it's just a three-game look at Brett," said Farrell, "but this is extremely exciting."

Playing in just his third game in the majors, Lawrie, from Langley B.C., crushed an Alfredo Simon offering for an opposite-field homer with two out in the sixth.

Earlier, Lawrie ignited the Jays offence with a one-out single in the third. Rajai Davis then reached base on a fielding error by Baltimore third baseman Josh Bell. One out later, with Jose Bautista at the plate, Davis stole second.

With no baserunner to hold, Baltimore first baseman Reynolds moved off the bag and Bautista squibbed a double down the right-field line, scoring a pair.