Toronto at Houston

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Toronto (58-73) «000000002260
Houston (43-86)010000000180

Blue Jays 2, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- Toronto might start calling Mark Buehrle the streak buster.

For the second time this season, Buehrle ended a Blue Jays seven-game losing streak Sunday.

He allowed one run over eight innings and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to walk away with a 2-1 victory against the Houston Astros.

Buehrle (10-7), who also ended the Blue Jays previous seven-game skid with a shutout against the Houston Astros on July 25, allowed seven hits and struck out seven in winning his fifth straight. He has allowed seven runs over 27 innings, spanning his past four starts.

"If you last long enough, good things are going to happen," Buehrle said. "It would be nice to get runs early on, but you have to tip your hat to their pitcher keeping the guys off balance when you got guys on, getting ground balls. Tip your hat to him for not letting us score. Again, we battled until the end. That's why you play 27 outs. We scored runs at the right time."

With the win, Buehrle has earned at least 10 victories in 13 consecutive seasons, which matches CC Sabathia for the longest active streak in the majors.

"I'd rather forego some of the personal stuff for being in a better position than where we are right now," Buehrle said. "At the end of the day when the season is over and you look at the season, I feel like I am having a decent season, but I have six or seven starts left, so I have to finish strongly and get as many wins as I can."

Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said the win felt good because they have been hard to come by of late for the Blue Jays.

"We have been in so many games on this road trip -- all of them except the last two games here where we came up short -- so that is eating at you," Gibbons said. "Then, of course it is a losing streak, so winning the last one here always feels good. It doesn't make things any better where we are at right now, but it was something we needed."

Robbie Grossman had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for the Astros, who have yet to sweep a series at home this season.

Moises Sierra drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 1-1 in the ninth. Following Sierra's walk, Chia-Jen Lo (0-2) struck out Kevin Pillar before Kevin Chapman induced a run-scoring groundout by Ryan Goins to put Toronto in front 2-1.

After Chapman walked Jose Reyes, Philip Humber got Rajai Davis to ground out to end the inning.

Houston loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off Janssen with a walk to pinch hitter Jason Castro before Jonathan Villar singled and pinch hitter Brett Wallace walked, but the closer induced a ground out by Cody Clark to end the game

Dallas Keuchel gave up four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven innings. He had allowed four or more runs in each of his last three starts and had allowed at least a run in every start this season.

Keuchel did not allow a Blue Jays runner past second base.

"I just wanted to go out there and work as quickly as possible and give our team a chance to hit," Keuchel said. "But (Buerhle) was pretty much matching me pitch for pitch, and it was actually pretty fun. The last thing I wanted to do was have a long inning, and I am a fast-paced working, so it was nice to see another fast-paced working in Buehrle."

Matt Dominguez scored on Jake Elmore's double play groundout to give Houston a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Houston worked the bases loaded with nobody outs as Dominguez walked to lead off the inning, followed by singles by Brandon Barnes and Villar.

Buehrle worked out of the inning on Elmore's double play and got Clark to ground out to end the inning.

"Those veteran guys, when you get them on the ropes early, you want to do everything you can to put crooked up and give yourselves a cushion," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "As you can see, (Buehrle) got out of that, he only gives up the one run, he gets into a groove, and he ends up going as far as he went."

Buehrle had a nice play on an Elmore line drive in the seventh as he took it off his hand, chased it down going to first base and flipped it over to Encarnacion at first using his glove for the second out. After a visit from Toronto manager John Gibbons and the trainer, Buehrle stayed in the game and struck out Clark on three pitches to end the inning.

Notes

Houston C Carlos Corporan, who has been on the seven-day disabled since August 20 with a concussion, will not make the upcoming trip to Chicago with the Astros. Corporan said he still has headaches, adding that he had a CT scan Friday that came back "good". ... Porter said RHP Jarred Cosart will start Wednesday's game against the White Sox. The Astros had yet to make a decision on Tuesday's starter. ... Toronto has now lost four of the last five series. ... OF Kevin Pillar's home run Saturday night snapped a streak of 25 straight games without hitting a home run with runners in scoring position.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Villar
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

M. Buehrle
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4020101 .297
Rajai Davis, CF5000015 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000100 .273
Brett Lawrie, 3B3100101 .259
Mark DeRosa, DH1000200 .222
   a-Adam Lind, PH-DH1010000 .284
   Anthony Gose, PR-DH0100000 .275
J.P. Arencibia, C3010013 .214
Moises Sierra, RF3001104 .000
Kevin Pillar, LF4010014 .147
Ryan Goins, 2B4011011 .333
Totals3126274  
a-singled for DeRosa in the 9th
b-walked for Arencibia in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Moises Sierra (1), Ryan Goins (1)
CS - Jose Reyes (5, 2nd base by Fields/Clark), Kevin Pillar (1, 2nd base by Keuchel/Clark)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Goins-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (W,10-7) 8711270 4.08
Casey Janssen (S,23) 1100200 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 115-71, Casey Janssen 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 8-6, Casey Janssen 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Casey Janssen 6
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, LF4020010 .272
L.J. Hoes, RF4010011 .318
Jose Altuve, DH4010012 .274
Chris Carter, 1B3000112 .210
Matt Dominguez, 3B3100113 .233
Brandon Barnes, CF3010011 .236
Jonathan Villar, SS4030000 .267
Jake Elmore, 2B3000000 .241
Cody Clark, C4000014 .000
Totals3218047  
a-walked for Barnes in the 9th
b-walked for Elmore in the 9th
Batting
SB - L.J. Hoes (7, 2nd base off Buehrle/Arencibia)
CS - Robbie Grossman (6, 2nd base by Buehrle/Arencibia), Jonathan Villar (5, 2nd base by Buehrle/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 8
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dallas Keuchel 7400320 4.82
Josh Fields (H,5) 1100010 6.26
Lo Chia-Jen (L,0-2; BS,2) 0.1122310 2.61
Kevin Chapman 0.1000100 0.00
Philip Humber 0.1000000 9.00
IBB - Reyes by Kevin Chapman
WP - Dallas Keuchel (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Keuchel 105-60, Josh Fields 13-9, Lo Chia-Jen 31-16, Kevin Chapman 5-1, Philip Humber 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Keuchel 10-8, Josh Fields 1-0, Kevin Chapman 1-0, Philip Humber 1-0
Batters Faced - Dallas Keuchel 27, Josh Fields 3, Lo Chia-Jen 5, Kevin Chapman 2, Philip Humber 1
Game Information
Attendance - 21407
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Lance Barrett