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 (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."
|Gustavo Chacin gets his first win against the Orioles after dropping three to the Birds. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, LF||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.272|
|Aaron Hill, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.277|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.273|
|Shea Hillenbrand, DH||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.290|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.242|
|Gregg Zaun, C||3||2||2||0||2||1||2||.262|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.265|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||5||0||3||1||0||2||3||.263|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||1||5||.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)||6.1||4||1||1||1||5||0||3.65|
|Vinnie Chulk (H,11)||0.2||1||1||1||0||0||0||3.50|
|Scott Schoeneweis (H,16)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.80|
|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|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||3||0||0||1||0||.314|
|Bernie Castro, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.154|
|a- Melvin Mora, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.315|
|Jay Gibbons, RF-1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.270|
|Javy Lopez, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.288|
|Alejandro Freire, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|b- David Newhan, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.204|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|c- B.J. Surhoff, PH-LF||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.259|
|Chris Gomez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.283|
|Luis Matos, CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.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)|
|Bruce Chen (L,11-9)||6||5||2||2||3||5||0||3.73|
|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|
|Attendance - 22123|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mark Carlson|