Sele pitched a six-hitter and struck out 10 Saturday night as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0.
"It's hard for me to remember a better-pitched game," Rangers manager Johnny Oates said. "He changed speeds, his location was good and he kept the curveball down."
"If you can get a few runs, you can stay in those games," said Sele, who got his first complete game since May 23, 1998. "There've been times when I've had better stuff, but the results don't show up."
The Rangers' last complete-game shutout was by Rick Helling last Sept. 7 against Minnesota.
Sele worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh, getting Shannon Stewart on a fly ball to end the inning. That was the Blue Jays' best scoring chance.
Ivan Rodriguez had a three-run homer for the Rangers, giving him five homers and 16 RBIs in his last nine games. Rodriguez also was praised by Oates and Sele for the game he called behind the plate.
"You've got to tip your hat to Pudge," Sele said. "He was mixing up pitches, moving around back there. Plus he had that big home run."
Mark McLemore paced Texas' 13-hit attack with three hits, including a triple nd a double, to help the Rangers to their 16th victory in their last 19 games.
Rodriguez's previous career-high for homers was 21, set last season. He is one short of 20 stolen bases as he attempts to become the first catcher in major league history with at least 20 homers and 20 steals in one season.
Texas took a 2-0 first-inning lead against Pat Hentgen (7-8) on RBI singles by Rafael Palmeiro and Todd Zeile. Hentgen continues to struggle in the first inning 28 of his 77 earned runs allowed have come in the first.
Hentgen allowed three runs and eight hits over 2 2-3 innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.
"I tried to make some pitches inside and left them over the plate," Hentgen said. "When I made the mistakes, they hammered them. I was having trouble getting into a good groove."
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