St. Louis at Toronto

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Blue Jays defeat Cards for sixth straight win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista was never far from his next big moment on Friday night.

Bautista and Brett Lawrie each homered, rookie Marcus Stroman won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 for their sixth straight victory.

Besides swatting his 15th home run, Bautista also threw a runner out at home plate, lined into a triple play and was involved in a fan interference call.

"It's got to be the most eventful game I've ever had in my career," Bautista said. "I'd like to see if anyone can find somebody else to have that a game with that combination of plays."

The Cardinals turned their first triple play in nine years but still lost for the eighth time in 10 games. They dropped their fifth straight meeting with Toronto.

Bautista hit a leadoff homer against Lance Lynn in the third inning and Lawrie connected with a two-out drive off Lynn (6-4) in the fifth. The AL East-leading Blue Jays have hit an ML-best 89 home runs.

"These guys are putting up some pretty radical numbers," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Toronto.

Stroman (3-0) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, walked one and struck out a career-high seven.

"Out of the gate he struggled a little bit but then he started using all his pitches," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "When he started using his breaking ball and his changeup a little bit, it made all the difference in the world."

Toronto has won 15 of 17.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the sixth, but the Cardinals escaped with a triple play.

Bautista hit a sharp liner to Daniel Descalso at second that nearly struck umpire Manny Gonzalez.

Descalso flipped to shortstop Jhonny Peralta to double Jose Reyes off second base and Peralta threw to first get Melky Cabrera for the third out.

"He happened to hit it right at me," Descalso said. "It got us out of a jam and kept us in the game."

It's the first triple play for the Cardinals since May 5, 2005, against San Diego. It's the seventh time the Blue Jays have hit into a triple play.

Bautista was obstructed by a fan on Tony Cruz's fly ball in the ninth. Originally ruled a dropped catch, the call was changed after a review.

Brett Cecil got one out in the seventh, Dustin McGowan worked 1 2-3 innings and Casey Janssen finished for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Allen Craig put the Cardinals in front with an RBI single in the first but Bautista threw out Matt Holliday trying to score from second, his sixth outfield assist.

"Every run for us right now is a big play," Matheny said. "They made a great throw, we thought (Holliday) might have got around it but the camera showed different."

Lynn allowed two runs and six hits in five innings, and is winless in two starts since beating the Yankees with a five-hitter on May 27. The right-hander matched a season high with four walks and struck out six.

"I thought I had good life on all my pitches tonight," Lynn said. "It seemed like if it wasn't in the strike zone, it wasn't swung at. A very good approach by them."

Reyes made it 3-1 with an RBI single off Jason Motte in the eighth.

Encarnacion returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday with a sore back.

Notes

St. Louis 2B Kolten Wong (left shoulder) did not start and Matheny said Wong could sit out the three-game series. ... Yadier Molina started at DH for St. Louis, with Cruz behind the plate. ... Cardinals INF Mark Ellis celebrated his 37th birthday. ... The Blue Jays celebrated the 25th anniversary of SkyDome, now Rogers Centre. Former pitcher Jimmy Key threw out the first pitch to former catcher Ernie Whitt, the original batterymates from the 1989 opening game against Milwaukee. Former manager Cito Gaston brought out the lineup card. ... There was a moment of silence before the game to mark Wednesday's fatal shooting of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... Cardinals RH Shelby Miller (6-5) faces Blue Jays LH Mark Buehrle (10-1) on Saturday.

 
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Jose Bautista watches his 15th home run of the year sail out to left as the Blue Jays remain red hot.  (USATSI)
Jose Bautista watches his 15th home run of the year sail out to left as the Blue Jays remain red hot. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

B. Lawrie
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3100202 .302
Oscar Taveras, RF4000003 .192
Matt Holliday, LF2010101 .269
Allen Craig, 1B4021013 .250
Yadier Molina, DH4000023 .293
Jon Jay, CF4010002 .293
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010011 .225
Daniel Descalso, 2B4010031 .167
Tony Cruz, C4010011 .242
Lance Lynn, P0000000 .043
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
Totals3317138  
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (15, Stroman)
RBI - Allen Craig (33)
SB - Matt Holliday (2, 2nd base off Stroman/Navarro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Descalso-Craig
TP - Descalso/nrow.footnote=E - Matt Carpenter (7, Misplayed grounder), Daniel Descalso (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (L,6-4) 5622462 3.49
Seth Maness 1200000 2.70
Randy Choate 0.2000100 6.88
Jason Motte 0.2311020 2.45
Carlos Martinez 0.2000000 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 110-60, Seth Maness 13-8, Randy Choate 10-5, Jason Motte 26-16, Carlos Martinez 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 5-5, Seth Maness 1-1, Randy Choate 1-0, Carlos Martinez 2-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 26, Seth Maness 4, Randy Choate 2, Jason Motte 5, Carlos Martinez 2
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3031200 .259
Melky Cabrera, LF5010014 .305
   Erik Kratz, C0000000 .231
Jose Bautista, RF4111107 .318
Adam Lind, 1B2000213 .342
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4010004 .273
Juan Francisco, 3B3000024 .262
   a-Steve Tolleson, PH-2B1000010 .283
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B4221011 .245
Dioner Navarro, C4010010 .270
   Kevin Pillar, PR-LF0000000 .250
Anthony Gose, CF4020012 .254
Marcus Stroman, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Totals34311358  
a-struck out for Francisco in the 7th
Batting
3B - Anthony Gose (1, Lynn)
HR - Jose Bautista (15, Lynn), Brett Lawrie (11, Lynn)
RBI - Jose Reyes (17), Jose Bautista (44), Brett Lawrie (36)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie (11)
SB - Jose Reyes (12, 2nd base off Martinez/Cruz)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman (W,3-0) 6711270 5.40
Brett Cecil (H,14) 0.1000100 3.63
Dustin McGowan (H,4) 1.2000000 4.22
Casey Janssen (S,11) 1000010 0.00
WP - Marcus Stroman (2)
HBP - Holliday (by Marcus Stroman)
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 93-60, Brett Cecil 8-4, Dustin McGowan 15-9, Casey Janssen 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 6-4, Dustin McGowan 4-1
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 27, Brett Cecil 2, Dustin McGowan 5, Casey Janssen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33528
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Seth Buckminster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Jim Reynolds