The Toronto Blue Jays are all alone atop the American League East, and their largely unheralded pitching staff has done its part to get them there.
The Blue Jays try for their fourth straight series win as they wrap up a four-game set with the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field.
The Blue Jays beat the Rangers 8-0 on Saturday for their second win in the series. Rookie Gustavo Chacin threw eight brilliant innings for Toronto, earning his third victory in as many starts.
Toronto’s pitching staff owned a 3.66 ERA coming in, the third best mark in the AL. Blue Jays starters have allowed three runs or fewer in nine of their 12 games.
The Blue Jays won each of their first three series, and can get no worse than a split in this one.
He gave up just one earned run and four hits over six innings in his season debut, an 8-5 Toronto loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on April 6. The 28-year-old right-hander won a career-best nine games last season, but lost five straight decisions in his last six starts.
Reed Johnson was hit by three pitches, setting a franchise record and matching the major league mark set 21 times. The bases were loaded two of the times Johnson was hit.
“Anything to help the team score some runs,” Johnson said. “It makes the job easier for everyone else.”
Hank Blalock had two hits for the Rangers, who have lost four of six.