Gustavo Chacin will try to help the Toronto Blue Jays halt a four-game losing streak and continue his personal success against the last-place Tampa Bay Devil Rays when the teams resume their four-game series.
Chacin has won both his career starts against Tampa Bay, allowing just three runs and 10 hits over 12 2-3 innings. The strong outings were part of a stellar start to the season for the 24-year-old left-hander, who went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in April to earn AL rookie of the month honors.
However, Chacin struggled in his next 12 outings, going 2-4 with a 4.15 ERA, before picking up a victory in a 4-2 win over Oakland on July 7. He gave up two runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings to end a five-game winless stretch, but failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the fifth straight start.
“He hung tough,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He’s pitched good, but he didn’t really have anything to show for it. From a confidence factor, I think (the win) was big.”
The Blue Jays need a strong outing from Chacin as they are winless since losing staff ace Roy Halladay to a broken left leg last Friday. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.
Manager Lou Piniella held a team meeting before the game and urged his players to show some pride after finishing the first half with the worst record in the majors.
“It’s a good way to start the second half for us,” said Fossum, who allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings. “It was a well managed game. Just a real fundamentally sound game. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Piniella passed Earl Weaver for 19th on the all-time list for wins by a manager with 1,481.