SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) -- David Bush had an impressive major league debut. He just had the misfortune of opposing
Bush allowed one run in 5 2/3 solid innings but was outdueled by Hernandez, who fired a four-hitter as the
Toronto Blue Jays
One of Toronto's top pitching prospects, Bush (0-1) got the nod in place of the ineffective
. The 24-year-old righthander scattered four hits, struck out four and walked one.
"I was more excited than nervous," said Bush, who was 6-6 at Class AAA Syracuse. "Getting through that first inning gave me a chance to get my feet wet. After that, I stayed within myself and did the things I'm capable of doing."
Hernandez (6-7) was even better. En route to his third straight win and second in five days against Toronto, the burly righthander pitched his fourth complete game of the season and sixth career shutout.
"He was outstanding," Montreal manager
said. "He made the pitches when he had to, he kept the ball inside the park. It was outstanding pitching."
"Hernandez is a great pitcher," said Toronto's Carlos Tosca, who managed Hernandez in the minors. "That's who he is, that's what he does. He was around 85 to 90 miles per hour the whole night. He had a great curveball, big changeup and a great performance."
Hernandez went the distance for the 35th time in his seven-year career and the 17th time since the start of the 2002 season, tying former Expo
for tops in the major leagues.
"It was hot out there," Hernandez said. "I must have drank 12 glasses of water. But you had to do it because if not, you lose the energy."
Through five innings, Bush gave up just two hits. But in the sixth, he allowed consecutive two-out singles to
and was lifted for
, who surrendered an RBI single to former Blue Jay
In winning for the first time in three starts at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Hernandez retired 11 straight batters before
singled in the fourth.
"Livan pitched a tremendous game, but more importantly, he rested the bullpen, who had worked a lot in the Philadelphia series," said Vidro, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Batista produced an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI double.
The contest was played before a crowd of 8,220. Many fans were expecting Toronto first baseman
to return, but the slugger was not cleared to return from a ribcage injury.