Texas (53-50) at Toronto (52-51)

Breezy Currently: Toronto, ON, CA
Temp: 36° F
  • Game info: 1:07 pm EDT Sun Jul 31, 2005
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Rookie Gustavo Chacin will try to win his fifth straight start and help the Toronto Blue Jays avoid a three-game sweep against the visiting Texas Rangers.

Chacin, who went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in April, was 2-4 in 11 starts over the next two months before turning things around in July.

Thus far this month, the 24-year-old left-hander is 4-0 with a 3.60 ERA in five outings.

He’ll try to close out July with his second dominant performance against the Rangers this year. On April 16, Chacin yielded two hits over eight brilliant innings in an 8-0 victory at Texas.

He was almost as good Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, yielding six hits over eight innings in an 8-0 win. Chacin has allowed one earned run and 12 hits over 14 innings in his last two outings.

“Ten wins is great. I just have to keep it going,” Chacin said.

Joaquin Benoit and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Adrian Gonzalez homered to the lead the Rangers to their fourth straight victory, 3-2 over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Newly acquired Phil Nevin didn’t play for Texas. Acquired a day earlier from San Diego in a trade for right-hander Chan Ho Park, Nevin arrived at the Rogers Center just before game time. Manager Buck Showalter said Nevin will be the designated hitter on Sunday.

Shea Hillenbrand droves in a run for the Blue Jays, who have lost two straight after winning their previous three games.

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C. Wilson LAA vs. G. Chacin NYM
1-7 Record 13-9
6.94 ERA 3.72
30 K 121
18 BB 70
1.69 WHIP 1.39