Toronto at Baltimore

W: G. Chacin (12-8) L: B. Chen (11-9)
HR: TOR - None   BAL - None

Chacin ends drought, pitches Blue Jays to victory

CBS wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Gustavo Chacin didn't pitch much better in his first outing of September than he did in six starts last month.

There was one big difference, though: This time, the rookie earned a win for his effort.

Chacin took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, and Shea Hillenbrand scored a run and drove in one to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday.

Chacin (12-8) gave up one run, four hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win since July 31. The rookie left-hander was 0-3 in that span, even though his ERA rose only slightly, from 3.28 to 3.73.

"I didn't get any wins the last month, but I'm happy with the outings I had," Chacin said. "I pitched some real good games."

Last Wednesday at home against Baltimore, Chacin allowed five runs in seven innings, but Orioles starter Bruce Chen pitched eight scoreless innings.

This time, Chacin got the best of Chen (11-9), who allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

"I feel like I did everything I could to help this team win," Chen said.

Chacin was lifted in the seventh with runners on second and third and one out. Vinnie Chulk gave up a run-scoring grounder to B.J. Surhoff before retiring Chris Gomez on a fly ball to preserve Toronto's 2-1 lead.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the eighth. After Orlando Hudson hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, Alex Rios scored from second on a throwing error by right fielder David Newhan, who made a sensational diving catch on a liner by Reed Johnson before attempting to double-up the runner at first. But first baseman Jay Gibbons wasn't there, and the ball rolled into the Baltimore dugout.

Gibbons was in position to take the cutoff throw, and couldn't return to first base after Newhan made a surprising catch.

"It was race to get to it, and we just couldn't get to it," Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Chulk gave up a run in the eighth before Toronto's Eric Hinske hit an RBI single in a two-run ninth. A second run scored when the relay throw by Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada bounced off the helmet of Rios at third.

"A couple balls off the helmet, going into the dugout, the first baseman's not there, that's awesome for us," Hinske said.

The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Hillenbrand hit a leadoff single, took third on a ground-rule double by Corey Koskie and scored on a one-out grounder by Rios.

Toronto added a run in the third when Chen issued two walks before yielding a two-out RBI single to Hillenbrand.

That was enough to get a win for Chacin, who came in 0-3 against the Orioles. Chacin yielded a leadoff single to Brian Roberts in the first, then retired the next 12 batters before Javy Lopez singled to open the fifth.

Lopez failed to advance, and Roberts was stranded at first base in the sixth after hitting a one-out single.

"(Chacin) has pitched some good games even though he didn't get a decision," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "That's good, that's No. 12. It was a long time coming."


  • Rios, who came in mired in a 4-for-37 skid, went 2-for-4.
  • Toronto has one homer in its last 11 games.
  • Baltimore RHP Daniel Cabrera (strained back) will come off the disabled list and start on Tuesday night.
  • Despite going 1-for-4, Gibbons is 15-for-39 (.385) in his last nine games.
  • Toronto will start left-handers Ted Lilly and Scott Downs to finish the series, marking the first time the Blue Jays started three consecutive LHPs since Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1990 (Jimmy Key, David Wells and Bud Black).
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Gustavo Chacin gets his first win against the Orioles after dropping three to the Birds.  (AP)
Gustavo Chacin gets his first win against the Orioles after dropping three to the Birds. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Rios
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

B. Roberts
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3100202 .272
Aaron Hill, SS4000112 .277
Vernon Wells, CF4010102 .273
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5121012 .290
Corey Koskie, 3B5010014 .242
Gregg Zaun, C3220212 .262
Alex Rios, RF4221011 .265
Eric Hinske, 1B5031023 .263
Orlando Hudson, 2B4001015 .270
2B - Corey Koskie (14, Chen)
SF - Orlando Hudson (7)
RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (73), Alex Rios (54), Eric Hinske (56), Orlando Hudson (62)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (26), Eric Hinske (19)
Team LOB - 12
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,12-8) 6.1411150 3.65
Vinnie Chulk (H,11) 0.2111000 3.50
Scott Schoeneweis (H,16) 1200000 3.80
Justin Speier 1000010 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 88-56, Vinnie Chulk 8-6, Scott Schoeneweis 11-8, Justin Speier 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 7-7, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 24, Vinnie Chulk 3, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Justin Speier 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4030010 .314
Bernie Castro, DH3000012 .154
   a- Melvin Mora, PH-DH1000000 .278
Miguel Tejada, SS4010012 .315
Jay Gibbons, RF-1B4110002 .270
Javy Lopez, C3010100 .288
Alejandro Freire, 1B2000011 .281
   b- David Newhan, PH-RF1000010 .204
Eric Byrnes, LF2000001 .241
   c- B.J. Surhoff, PH-LF2001000 .259
Chris Gomez, 3B3000002 .283
Luis Matos, CF3110010 .288
a-grounded out for Castro in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Freire in the 7th
c-grounded out for Byrnes in the 7th
SH - David Newhan (5)
RBI - B.J. Surhoff (27)
CS - Brian Roberts (9, 2nd base by Schoeneweis/Zaun)
Team LOB - 5
E - David Newhan (1, Wild throw), Miguel Tejada (18, Wild throw)
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen (L,11-9) 6522350 3.73
Chris Ray 1100110 2.27
Steve Kline 0.1221100 4.50
Todd Williams 1000110 3.36
Tim Byrdak 0.2321010 5.06
HBP - Rios (by Bruce Chen)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 105-71, Chris Ray 19-13, Steve Kline 12-7, Todd Williams 15-11, Tim Byrdak 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 8-5
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 27, Chris Ray 5, Steve Kline 4, Todd Williams 4, Tim Byrdak 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22123
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mark Carlson