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Buehrle first to nine wins as Blue Jays' streak hits eight

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TORONTO -- Another blast by Edwin Encarnacion helped make Mark Buehrle the first nine-game winner in baseball.

Buehrle won his season-best fifth straight decision, Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Tuesday night.

"Everybody's having fun," Encarnacion said. "You can see it on their faces. We're playing great baseball."

Juan Francisco also homered for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 15 and are 19-7 in May.

Buehrle said he's grateful to have Encarnacion's booming bat supporting him.

"He's everything you could ask for," Buehrle said. "Offensively and defensively, he's awesome."

Encarnacion connected for the 14th time in May, matching Jose Bautista's team record for home runs in a month. Bautista hit 14 homers in June 2012.

"Eddie's on some kind of roll right now," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Encarnacion has homered in three straight games for the third time this season.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 76 home runs. They have gone deep in 10 straight games and 29 of their past 34, hitting 58 homers in that span.

Buehrle (9-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.

Casey Janssen finished for his eighth save in as many chances.

Sean Rodriguez had three RBI for the Rays, who lost their second straight following a season-best four-game winning streak. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he's just hoping to get out of Toronto without being swept.

"Taking one out of three right now sounds very enticing," Maddon said.

Lind and Encarnacion both connected off Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, who lost for the first time since April 1 and saw his streak of 24 2-3 scoreless innings snapped.

Cobb (1-2) allowed season-worsts of six runs and nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

The Rays gave Cobb the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Rodriguez and an RBI grounder by Wil Myers, but the right-hander couldn't hold it. Brett Lawrie and Dioner Navarro hit two-out RBI singles in the bottom half to tie the game and snap Cobb's scoreless streak. Cobb had not allowed an earned run since his first start, April 1 against Toronto.

Jose Reyes began the fifth with a line drive that struck Cobb on the right thigh, knocking him to the ground. Cobb appeared shaken up, but stayed in the game after a few warmup pitches.

"The first couple of warmup pitches the leg was still a little bit dead," Cobb said. "Honestly, by the third or fourth pitch, going back into game mode, it wasn't a factor. It was something I felt was out of my mind."

Last June, Cobb was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and wound up in hospital. He didn't return until mid-August.

Cobb said that incident "didn't even cross my mind while I was out there."

Things unraveled quickly for Cobb after the scare. Reyes went to second on a grounder and scored on Bautista's single. Lind hit an opposite field home run and, two pitches later, Encarnacion drilled a towering homer into the third deck, his 16th, tying him with Baltimore's Nelson Cruz for most in the majors.

"He was carving us up pretty good early until he got hit," Gibbons said of Cobb.

Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth but Toronto added two more in the bottom half on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera and a bases-loaded balk by reliever Brad Boxberger.

The Rays chased Buehrle in the seventh when James Loney doubled and scored on Matt Joyce's RBI grounder.

Francisco replied in the bottom half with a leadoff homer off Josh Lueke.

Rodriguez tripled home a run off Steve Delabar in the eighth and scored on Myers' sacrifice fly.

Notes

The Rays selected C Ali Solis from Triple-A Durham and transferred RHP Matt Moore (elbow) to the 60-day DL. ... Rays RHP Chris Archer (3-2) faces Blue Jays RHP Liam Hendriks (1-0) in Wednesday's series finale.

 
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It's good to be a Blue Jay these days as Toronto improves its May record to 19-7.  (USATSI)
It's good to be a Blue Jay these days as Toronto improves its May record to 19-7. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

S. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS5020001 .260
Evan Longoria, 3B5110003 .269
Logan Forsythe, 2B3210100 .206
   a-David DeJesus, PH1000011 .269
Desmond Jennings, CF3110113 .244
Sean Rodriguez, LF3123000 .250
Wil Myers, RF3002011 .227
James Loney, 1B4120001 .298
Jose Molina, C4020002 .127
Matt Joyce, DH4011012 .273
Alex Cobb, P0000000 .000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
Totals35612624  
a-struck out for Forsythe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings (11, Buehrle), Sean Rodriguez (6, Buehrle), James Loney (12, Buehrle)
3B - Sean Rodriguez (1, Delabar)
SF - Sean Rodriguez (1), Wil Myers (1)
RBI - Sean Rodriguez 3 (20), Wil Myers 2 (23), Matt Joyce (22)
Team LOB - 6
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb (L,1-2) 5966172 2.93
Cesar Ramos 0.2222200 4.50
Brad Boxberger 0.1000010 1.59
Josh Lueke 2211011 5.22
IBB - J. Bautista by Cesar Ramos
WP - Alex Cobb (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 87-58, Cesar Ramos 22-12, Brad Boxberger 4-3, Josh Lueke 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 6-2, Cesar Ramos 1-1, Josh Lueke 3-2
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 25, Cesar Ramos 6, Brad Boxberger 1, Josh Lueke 8
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4210110 .247
Melky Cabrera, LF5111010 .320
Jose Bautista, RF4131100 .298
Adam Lind, 1B5232002 .341
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3211112 .263
Juan Francisco, 3B4111022 .276
   Steve Tolleson, 2B0000000 .311
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B4021010 .236
Dioner Navarro, C4011011 .270
Anthony Gose, CF4000022 .265
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Totals37913839  
Batting
2B - Brett Lawrie (9, Cobb)
HR - Adam Lind (3, Cobb), Edwin Encarnacion (16, Cobb), Juan Francisco (9, Lueke)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (29), Jose Bautista (36), Adam Lind 2 (13), Edwin Encarnacion (42), Juan Francisco (20), Brett Lawrie (28), Dioner Navarro (21)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (9), Brett Lawrie (7), Dioner Navarro (7)
SB - Jose Reyes (11, 2nd base off Ramos/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Francisco-Lawrie-Lind, Francisco-Lawrie-Lind-Lawrie-Reyes-Lind, Francisco-Lawrie-Lind-Lawrie-Reyes-Lind-Buehrle-Reyes-Lind
E - Jose Reyes (4, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (W,9-1) 6.2843130 2.33
Steve Delabar 1222100 4.29
Brett Cecil (H,13) 0.1100000 3.80
Casey Janssen (S,8) 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 100-65, Steve Delabar 14-9, Brett Cecil 12-7, Casey Janssen 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-8, Steve Delabar 1-2, Casey Janssen 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Steve Delabar 6, Brett Cecil 2, Casey Janssen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15993
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Cory Blaser