Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 7/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 26
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Toronto8
Game 2: Wednesday, July 27
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in 10
Toronto3
Game 3: Thursday, July 28
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in 18
Toronto2

Angels 0

(59-41, 29-19 away)

Blue Jays 8

(50-49, 27-20 home)

    7:07 PM ET, July 26, 2005

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: G. Chacin (10-5)

    L: P. Byrd (9-7)

    Hillenbrand's 3 hits, 4 RBI propel Toronto in home rout

    TORONTO (AP) -- Gustavo Chacin hasn't created near the stir Fernando Valenzuela did in his rookie season. There are still some similarities according to Mike Scioscia, who manages against one and caught the other.

    Chacin pitched eight scoreless innings for his 10th victory and Shea Hillenbrand homered and had four RBI to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

    "I saw a little Fernando in him," said Scioscia, the Angels manager who formed a very successful battery with Valenzuela for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1981 to 1990. "That guy pitched a terrific game."

    Chacin (10-5), pitching against the Angels for the first time in his career, and Miguel Batista combined on the eight-hitter. The Angels have been shut out five times this season.

    "Any time we had a count in our favor or had a chance to do something he came up with a great pitch," Scioscia said.

    Asked why he reminded him of Valenzuela, Scioscia said it was his "ability give his fastball a little more life by riding it up in the zone."

    Staked to a 7-0 lead in the fourth, Chacin allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one to lower his ERA 3.45, which puts him in the top 10 in the AL in ERA. The 24-year-left-hander with the Fernando-like delivery has won four straight starts.

    Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said earlier this season that Chacin reminded him of Valenzuela, who became the first pitcher to win both the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the same season -- 1981.

    Chacin said he was thrilled with what he has done in his first season.

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

    Hillenbrand had three hits for the Blue Jays, who moved one game over .500 (50-49).

    Toronto third baseman Corey Koskie went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first game since breaking a thumb on May 19. The Blue Jays also announced that ace Roy Halladay could return as early as next week after being sidelined since July 8 when he was hit with a line drive that broke a bone in his left leg.

    Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero, who entered the game in a 14-for-80 (.175) slump in July, went 3-for-4. The 2004 AL MVP's worst career month for average is .308.

    Angels starter Paul Byrd (9-7) allowed a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings.

    "It's frustrating for me that I could only give us three innings," Byrd said. "I feel like I dropped the ball. I have to pick us up in my next outing."

    Byrd walked the first batter he faced, Russ Adams, before Frank Catalanotto singled. One batter later, Hillenbrand homered over the left field wall.

    Toronto scored four runs in the fourth. Eric Hinske led off with a single and scored on Alex Rios' RBI double. After Orlando Hudson followed with a run-scoring double, Adams chased Byrd with an RBI single.

    Hillenbrand added an RBI single off Kevin Gregg to make it 7-0.

    Toronto's Vernon Wells hit his 20th home run, a solo shot off Joel Peralta in the eighth.

    Game notes


    Toronto manager John Gibbons said rookie third baseman Aaron Hill and first baseman Hinske will continue to get at-bats despite the return of Koskie. Hill hit .306 as Koskie's replacement, and the Blue Jays say they are going to make room for him although he didn't start Tuesday's game. Hillenbrand played first, while Hinske was the DH. Hill is in a 1-for-26 slump. ... The Angels played the first game of a six-game trip to Toronto and New York.

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