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Buehrle goes 7 scoreless, Jays hand Texas 4th straight loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even though Mark Buehrle has struggled for most of the season, the veteran left-hander is still enjoying plenty of success against the Texas Rangers.

Buehrle threw seven shutout innings, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss, 8-0 on Friday night.

Buehrle (3-4) improved to 13-5 against the Rangers. He gave up four singles and equaled his season high with seven strikeouts to win his first road game of the year.

"I do like pitching in warm weather," Buehrle said. "I've had some good games against these guys. But I didn't know the record."

In his last five starts, the 34-year-old Buehrle is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA. His ERA has dropped from 6.33 to 4.66 in that span.

"It's not like he's come out of nowhere," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "But he's got to be on as good a roll as anybody in baseball."

Rasmus hit a three-run shot in the fourth, and Arencibia capped the inning with a solo shot as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in eight games.

The Blue Jays have won four of five against the Rangers this season.

"This is what we believed since the beginning that we could do," Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion said. "So we know what we can do and we want to keep doing it.''

Texas starter Justin Grimm (5-5) allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 7 2/3 innings. The rookie is 0-2 with an 11.66 ERA in his last three starts.

The Rangers have scored only five runs in their four-game slide. It is their first four-game home losing streak since July 8-11, 2010.

Texas' frustration over the lack of offense boiled over in the sixth inning when shortstop Elvis Andrus was ejected after being called out on strikes by umpire Eric Cooper.

Andrus yelled at Cooper from the dugout, and a bat was tossed onto the field after the shortstop was tossed.

Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin showed their own frustration by slamming their batting helmets to the ground after outs.

Texas manager Ron Washington said before the game his team needed one key hit to get the offense back in gear. The Rangers, however, barely got that chance as just one runner reached second base the entire game.

The 2 hour, 8 minute game ended when Lance Berkman grounded into a double play, the Rangers' third of the game. It was the quickest game played at Texas since May 23, 2011.

"When going through the spells they're going through, they're going to get upset." Washington said. "If they don't get upset, that probably means they don't care."

Encarnacion led off the fourth with a double, and Adam Lind followed with a single.

Rasmus then lined an 0-2 pitch from Grimm over the fence in right field. One out later, Arencibia gave the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead with a solo shot to left.

In the fifth, Encarnacion hit a two-out double off the wall in left and scored on Lind's single.

That was plenty of support for Buehrle, who threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007.

Texas' only scoring threat came in the second when Adrian Beltre led off with a single and Nelson Cruz walked. Buehrle got out of trouble when Chris McGuiness bounced into a double play to end the threat.

Buehrle had been 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in six road starts this season.

"I'm in a groove right now," Buehrle said. "Hopefully it won't change."

Toronto added to its lead on Melky Cabrera's RBI groundout in the seventh. Maicer Izturis had a run-scoring double in the eighth to push the advantage to 7-0. Rajai Davis added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

The Rangers were without infielder Jeff Baker, who missed the game after spraining his right wrist receiving a high five from what he called an "overexcited" teammate before Thursday's game. Baker didn't identify the teammate.

The right-handed hitting Baker, who is batting .386 against left-handers, was expected to start against Buehrle.

Notes

  • Toronto RHP Josh Johnson (blister) had his scheduled start pushed back to Monday. RHP Chien-Ming Wang will instead take the mound Sunday against the Rangers. It will be his second start of the season.
  • Texas RHP Joakim Soria threw live batting practice Friday as he recovers from right elbow surgery. Soria is scheduled to throw again Monday.
  • Toronto SS Jose Reyes (sprained left ankle) played in a simulated game Friday. He had three plate appearances in two innings and did some sliding drills. Gibbons said Reyes might start a rehab assignment on Monday.
  • Texas has scored three runs or fewer in 10 of 13 games in June.
 
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Toronto's Mark Buehrle improves to 13-5 all-time against Texas with seven scoreless innings on Friday. (USATSI)
Toronto's Mark Buehrle improves to 13-5 all-time against Texas with seven scoreless innings on Friday. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

C. Rasmus
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, LF4001001 .278
    Rajai Davis, LF0001000 .304
Jose Bautista, RF5000021 .261
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4220000 .270
Adam Lind, 1B4121010 .339
Colby Rasmus, CF3213100 .250
Maicer Izturis, 3B4021010 .221
J.P. Arencibia, C4111012 .211
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4120000 .215
Munenori Kawasaki, SS2110100 .218
Totals34811825  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (12, Grimm, Grimm), Maicer Izturis (7, Grimm), Emilio Bonifacio (11, Grimm)
3B - Munenori Kawasaki (3, McClellan)
HR - Colby Rasmus (11, Grimm), J.P. Arencibia (13, Grimm)
SF - Rajai Davis (1)
SH - Munenori Kawasaki (3)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (25), Rajai Davis (6), Adam Lind (19), Colby Rasmus 3 (33), Maicer Izturis (8), J.P. Arencibia (31)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (11), Maicer Izturis (4)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (3, 2nd base by Grimm/Soto)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kawasaki-Bonifacio-Lind, Bonifacio-Kawasaki-Lind, Kawasaki-Bonifacio-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (W,3-4) 7400170 4.66
Aaron Loup 1000010 2.02
Darren Oliver 1100000 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 100-64, Aaron Loup 12-11, Darren Oliver 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-6, Aaron Loup 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 24, Aaron Loup 3, Darren Oliver 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jurickson Profar, 2B-SS4010000 .278
Elvis Andrus, SS3000021 .251
    Leury Garcia, 2B1010000 .192
Lance Berkman, DH4010002 .271
Adrian Beltre, 3B3020001 .304
Nelson Cruz, RF2000112 .262
Geovany Soto, C3000012 .189
Chris McGuiness, 1B3000011 .182
Craig Gentry, CF3000020 .219
Leonys Martin, LF3000010 .252
Totals2905018  
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Leonys Martin 1
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Grimm (L,5-5) 7.21077242 5.59
Kyle McClellan 1.1111010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Grimm 108-71, Kyle McClellan 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Grimm 9-8
Batters Faced - Justin Grimm 33, Kyle McClellan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37203
Game Time - 2:08
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg