Final Score: Toronto 4, Houston 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle fired a shutout and the Toronto
Blue Jays ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak by capturing a 4-0
victory against the Houston Astros on Thursday.
Buehrle (6-7) was nearly flawless, allowing just two hits and two walks while
striking out a season-best nine batters.
"I had a lot of stuff working for me," Buehrle said.
Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind helped back Buehrle by providing an RBI
apiece. Maicer Izturis knocked in a pair and Jose Reyes finished 3-for-4 in
Erik Bedard (3-8) struck out six and allowed one run on three hits over five
innings. He has lost five straight starts.
The Astros, losers in 11 of their last 13 games, didn't record a hit until the
Bedard's only real blemish came in the fourth inning, when his two-out walk to
Jose Bautista extending the inning. Encarnacion came to the plate and ripped a
shot into right, and Bautista hustled around the bags to score and give the
Jays a 1-0 lead.
Houston's best chance against Buehrle was in the seventh, when J.D. Martinez
doubled into left with one out. Buehrle, though, struck out Brett Wallace and
got Justin Maxwell to ground out and end the inning.
Toronto then broke the game open with three runs in the home half against
reliever Lucas Harrell.
Lind crushed a double after Bautista and Encarnacion drew walks to plate a
run, and Izturis followed with a two-run single into center to give Toronto a
Buehrle retired the last eight batters he faced to notch his ninth career
shutout and first since his 2009 perfect game.
"What we witnessed tonight was an experienced major league pitcher who
executed a game plan," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It was pretty evident
that he had a good game plan of how he was going to attack our hitters."
Buehrle threw 108 pitches ... Bedard's last win came on June 26 ... Maxwell
and Martinez each had a hit to account for Houston's offense ... Game time:
07/26 01:39:16 ET
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