Texas at Toronto

W: G. Chacin (11-5) L: C. Wilson (0-3)
HR: TEX - None   TOR - V. Wells (21), R. Johnson (8)

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Gustavo Chacin is not thinking about adding the AL rookie of the year award to the collection of trophies prominently displayed in his locker.

Chacin won his fifth straight start, Vernon Wells homered during the four-run third inning and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Chacin (11-5) went 5-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six July starts to become the first Blue Jays rookie to win five games in a month.

The 24-year-old left-hander gave up one run -- none earned -- and four hits, while tying a career high with six strikeouts and walking four in 6 1/3 innings. His 3.28 ERA is among the top 10 in the AL and he leads all AL rookies in wins, ERA and innings pitched.

Chacin has the AL rookie of the month trophy for April in his locker as well as his award for Eastern League pitcher of the year in 2004.

"I don't think about rookie of the year. I just want to do the best that I can and help us win," Chacin said.

Toronto manager John Gibbons thinks Chacin has earned AL pitcher of month.

"We knew we had something special when we saw in September and after what he did in the minor leagues last year," said Gibbons of Chacin, who went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA with Toronto last year after going 18-2 in the minors. "He just keeps getting better and he's going to keep getting better."

Newly acquired Phil Nevin went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for the Rangers, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Texas acquired Nevin from San Diego in a trade for Chan Ho Park on Friday.

"I wish I had a better showing. That was the first time I felt that kind of jitter in a long time," Nevin said. "I had to keep looking down at my uniform. I had to put the same one on for a long time."

The Blue Jays scored four runs in the third with two outs. Aaron Hill singled off Texas starter C.J. Wilson (0-3) before Wells homered off the screen attached to the left-field foul pole, his team-high 21st of the season. After Shea Hillenbrand and Corey Koskie hit consecutive singles, Gregg Zaun and Alex Rios hit RBI singles to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Wilson, recalled from Double-A Frisco to make the start, allowed four runs on eight hits in eight innings.

"I got them to hit the ball on the ground. They just hit a couple of through," Wilson said.

The Rangers scored their lone run in the fourth after a throwing error by Chacin.

Alfonso Soriano singled and advanced to second when Chacin's throw took shortstop Russ Adams at second base off the bag, but TV replays showed he got back on it before Soriano reached second.

Richard Hidalgo later followed with an RBI single.

Reed Johnson homered off James Baldwin in the seventh, giving Toronto a 5-1 lead.


Toronto ace Roy Halladay is expected to return to the mound next Sunday, less than a month after breaking a bone in his left leg. After doing some mobility drills this weekend, it was decided that Halladay wasn't ready to pitch early next week. He had hoped to pitch Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, but is now scheduled to return next Sunday against the New York Yankees. ... To make room for Wilson, the Rangers optioned 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma. Gonzalez hit .229 with three home runs and six RBI in 13 games. ... As part Sunday's Dog Days of Summer promotion, 277 dogs attended with their owners at the Rogers Centre.
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Players of the Game

G. Chacin
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 6

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Texas Rangers
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James Baldwin 1311011 1.95
Ron Mahay 1200010 6.82
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Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 98-0, James Baldwin 13-0, Ron Mahay 17-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 8-4
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 27, James Baldwin 6, Ron Mahay 5
Toronto Blue Jays
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Aaron Hill, SS5120012 .297
Vernon Wells, CF4122010 .281
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B3110011 .297
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Gregg Zaun, C4031012 .272
Alex Rios, RF4011003 .281
Frank Menechino, DH4000035 .221
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010001 .268
HR - Reed Johnson (8, Baldwin), Vernon Wells (21, Wilson)
RBI - Reed Johnson (41), Vernon Wells 2 (63), Gregg Zaun (39), Alex Rios (43)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 2 (23), Gregg Zaun (7), Alex Rios (8)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Koskie-Hudson-Hillenbrand, Koskie-Hudson-Hillenbrand
E - Gustavo Chacin (1, Wild throw), Shea Hillenbrand (8, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,11-5) 6.1410460 3.28
Scott Schoeneweis (H,11) 0.2100010 4.54
Justin Speier 2000010 2.32
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 115-0, Scott Schoeneweis 9-0, Justin Speier 13-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 5-8, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Justin Speier 1-4
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Game Information
Attendance - 24123
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Bill Welke