Detroit (53-59) at Toronto (57-55)

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  • Game info: 7:07 pm EDT Wed Aug 10, 2005
  • TV: FSD, RSN
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Gustavo Chacin looks to bounce back from his first loss in six starts as the Toronto Blue Jays continue a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

Chacin’s strong play of late has helped Toronto cope with the loss of ace Roy Halladay to a broken leg on July 8. The left-hander went 5-0 with a 2.97 ERA in July, to earn his second Rookie of the Month award this season. He was 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA to get the same honor in April.

However, the 24-year-old hurler struggled against the New York Yankees on Friday, walking a career-high six and pitching in and out of trouble in five innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Despite his lack of control, he allowed just three runs and six hits.

“He did a great job with what he had,” catcher Gregg Zaun said. “He didn’t have his good stuff, and he ran into some bad luck. To only give up three in that situation is phenomenal. He kept us in the ballgame as long as he could.”

Aaron Hill has also shown alot of potential. The rookie infielder hit a two-run homer to help Toronto beat Detroit 6-4 on Tuesday. He is batting .295 in 64 games this season, including a .350 average at home.

“It’s fun to be here. We know we have a young team, we have a lot to work on, but we’re getting experience,” said Hill.

Dustin McGowan pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win and Alex Rios also homered—a three-run shot—for Toronto, which had won just one of its previous five games.

Rios, in his second year in the majors, went 5-for-5 with a homer in Monday’s 9-8, 12-inning loss to Detroit. The Blue Jays have been waiting for the right fielder to hit with more power. He homered over the center-field wall for the second straight game.

“If I keep doing what I’ve done in the last couple of days, I’m pretty close to where I want to be,” said Rios, who has seven home runs. “We have a great young team. We just have to be patient because everything is going to come with time.”

Placido Polanco drove in two runs for Detroit, which has lost four of five games.

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N. Robertson Det vs. G. Chacin NYM
7-16 Record 13-9
4.48 ERA 3.72
122 K 121
65 BB 70
1.36 WHIP 1.39