Kansas City at Toronto

Kansas City
W: M. Buehrle (10-1) L: J. Guthrie (2-5)
HR: KC - None   TOR - D. Navarro (3),E. Encarnacion (19)

Buehrle first to 10 victories; hot Blue Jays shut out Royals

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TORONTO -- In a season of solid outings by Mark Buehrle, this stood out as one of his best.

Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball's first 10-game winner, Edwin Encarnacion hit another home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.

Buehrle (10-1) won his sixth consecutive decision, his longest streak since a nine-game run in 2005. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three as the Blue Jays finished a 10-game homestand at 8-2.

"Today, he was as good as he's been all year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He topped off a nice homestand for us."

Buehrle lowered his ERA to 2.10 and improved to 25-12 lifetime against the Royals.

"He was dynamite," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's traditionally tough on us, but he's 10-1 now, he's tough on everybody."

Typically low key, Buehrle said he considered himself fortunate to keep the Royals off the scoreboard.

"It was one of those games where I could have gotten my butt handed to me," he said. "I was making mistakes and they weren't making me pay for it."

Encarnacion matched Mickey Mantle's AL record with 16 home runs in May, then started off a new month with another drive. He hit a two-run shot off Aaron Crow in the eighth for his 19th home run of the season.

Dioner Navarro also hit a home run as the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who went 21-9 in May, began June with their 17th victory in 21 games.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-5) lost his fifth consecutive decision, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Guthrie has received just one run of support in his past four outings and is winless in 10 starts.

"With all the pitchers, the offense is definitely not living up to the capability it can live up to right now," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.

Toronto loaded the bases with two outs against Guthrie in the first but Juan Francisco flied out.

Navarro hit a solo home run in the second with a drive into the right-field bullpen.

Francisco hit a leadoff double in the fourth, Brett Lawrie singled and Anthony Gose had an RBI grounder.

The Royals hit a pair of leadoff doubles against Buehrle, but he never allowed a runner reach third base. Alcides Escobar doubled to begin the third but was caught in a rundown on Nori Aoki's sharp grounder to second.

Hosmer doubled to open the sixth but was thrown out at third by shortstop Jose Reyes on Billy Butler's grounder into the hole.

Hosmer called it "a stupid baserunning mistake," but his manager was more charitable.

"It was an aggressive mistake," Yost said. "Reyes did a great job of ranging over and the only play he had was at third."


Mantle hit 16 home runs in May 1956. The major league record for the month is 17, set by Barry Bonds in 2001. ... The shutout was Toronto's eighth of the season. ... Toronto outrighted RH Bobby Korecky to Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RH Liam Hendriks to Buffalo. A corresponding roster move will be made before Tuesday's game at Detroit. The Blue Jays are off Monday. Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (4-3) faces Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-2) on Tuesday. ... The Royals recalled 3B Mike Moustakas from Triple-A Omaha and activated LHP Francisley Bueno off the 15-day DL. INF Danny Valencia (left hand) was placed on the 15-day DL and RHP Aaron Brooks was optioned to Triple-A. ... The Royals begin a four-game series at St. Louis on Monday. Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (2-5) faces RHP Shelby Miller (6-4).

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Mark Buehrle walks one and strikes out three in winning his sixth straight game.  (USATSI)
Mark Buehrle walks one and strikes out three in winning his sixth straight game. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Guthrie
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 5

E. Encarnacion
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
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Omar Infante, 2B4010002 .255
Eric Hosmer, 1B4010002 .271
Billy Butler, DH4000001 .249
Alex Gordon, LF4000021 .276
Salvador Perez, C3010101 .254
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000012 .328
Mike Moustakas, 3B3000001 .148
Alcides Escobar, SS3020010 .265
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
2B - Omar Infante (5, Buehrle), Eric Hosmer (20, Buehrle), Alcides Escobar (14, Buehrle)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Escobar-Infante-Hosmer
E - Jeremy Guthrie (5, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie (L,2-5) 7822251 4.00
Aaron Crow 1222011 3.04
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 104-71, Aaron Crow 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 8-6, Aaron Crow 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 29, Aaron Crow 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS4010010 .250
Melky Cabrera, LF4010011 .308
   Kevin Pillar, LF0000000 .281
Jose Bautista, RF3010101 .311
Adam Lind, DH4120001 .357
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3122101 .271
Juan Francisco, 3B3110004 .277
   Steve Tolleson, 2B1000010 .294
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B4010011 .239
Dioner Navarro, C3111012 .273
Anthony Gose, CF3001010 .265
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (15, Guthrie), Juan Francisco (7, Guthrie)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (19, Crow), Dioner Navarro (3, Guthrie)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (50), Dioner Navarro (22), Anthony Gose (4)
PK - Anthony Gose (2, Guthrie)
Team LOB - 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Buehrle (W,10-1) 8600130 2.10
Aaron Loup 1000010 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 102-64, Aaron Loup 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-9, Aaron Loup 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 31, Aaron Loup 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38008
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gabe Morales