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Will Reyes' streak of starts without a win ever stop?

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Will Reyes' streak of starts without a win ever stop? · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

It has been one of the season-long questions about the Blue Jays. How long can they afford to persevere with left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes as a starter?

Just when it seems that enough is enough, he pops up with a couple of encouraging outings. But the result is the same, he doesn't win.

His winless stretch in the majors has reached historic proportions, 28, to equal the feat of Matt Keough with the Oakland Athletics in 1978-79.

Reyes should not have gone this long without a victory. He had a 2-0 lead after seven innings last Friday against the Houston Astros. But he was no allowed to pitch after seven and the bullpen lost the game, sticking Reyes was another no-decision.

In his six starts before Wednesday, he was 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

But he it all himself on Wednesday, giving up five runs on five hits that included two-run home runs by Andruw Jones and Mark Teixeira. He was done after three innings.

"Jo-Jo wasn't as sharp as he's been," manager John Farrell said. "He didn't have consistent location or consistent command and it cost him. Regardless if it's a guy coming off of the bench for them, like Jones, they have a potent lineup."

Reyes was with the Atlanta Braves when he last won a major league start, June 13, 2008, against the Los Angeles Angels. He is 0-13 since.

"I'm not worried about that streak," Reyes said. "When I step on the rubber, all I'm worried about is executing the pitch."

The 26-year-old has talent and is out of options, so he cannot be down to the minors without clearing waivers and he probably would be claimed. So the Blue Jays keep sending him out hoping that one of these days there is a win.

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