Blue Jays 4, Twins 0

Mark Buerhle made his 50th start against the Minnesota Twins one

to remember.

Jose Bautista hit his 20th home run, Buehrle pitched seven

shutout innings to win for the first time in three starts and the

Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Twins 4-0 Friday.

Buehrle (5-5) allowed six hits, walked none and struck out five.

The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his past five home

starts.

”I had everything working,” Buehrle said. ”Me and (catcher

J.P. Arencibia) worked well together. The tempo was there, I was

making pitches when I needed to.”

Buehrle hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past 35 2-3 innings

against the Twins, dating to 2011.

”He was outstanding tonight,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons

said. ”He’s had some really good outings this year, but that was

up with the best of them.”

Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Dustin McGowan finished as

Minnesota was shut out for the seventh time.

”Not a very good ball game for us,” Twins manager Ron

Gardenhire said. ”Buehrle shut us down.”

Jose Reyes had three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base as the

Blue Jays snapped a three-game skid and won for just the fourth

time in 12 games since matching a franchise record with an 11-game

winning streak.

”He’s one of the better guys in baseball, offensively and

defensively,” Buehrle said of Reyes. ”He puts the ball in play

and makes things happen.”

Bautista had three hits and two RBIs, handing the Twins their

sixth straight loss. Minnesota has dropped 11 of its past 14

overall and is a season-worst 11 games below .500 at 36-47.

”We’ve got to get back to relaxing and having some fun, seeing

some guys smile,” Gardenhire said. ”There’s too much tension

here.”

The Twins have lost 17 of 23 to the Blue Jays, including eight

of nine at Rogers Centre. They haven’t won any of their eight

series in Toronto since 2005.

”It seems like the air goes out of us a little too quick,”

Gardenhire said. ”We’ve got to be able to rebound better, we’ve

got to relax a little bit. There’s too much tension in our dugout.

I told the boys `This is baseball. We’re making it like a job right

now. It’s got to be baseball.”’

Minnesota put runners at second and third with one out in the

first, but Buehrle escaped by striking out Justin Morneau and

Trevor Plouffe.

”When the changeup is down and working, it’s going to be a good

day,” Buehrle said. ”I was strike one a lot tonight and getting

ahead in the count. I could throw my pitches when I needed

to.”

Toronto stranded two runners in each of the first two innings

against Twins starter Kevin Correia, but Bautista got them on the

board in the third with a solo homer.

”I threw him a bad pitch right there,” Correia said. ”The

home run was just a hanging curveball. Obviously he’s a very good

power hitter and he hit it out.”

Maicer Izturis and Arencibia drew back-to-back walks to begin

the fourth and moved up on Munenori Kawasaki’s sacrifice before

scoring on Reyes’ double. Bautista followed with an RBI single.

”Those two walks are kind of what killed me,” Correia

said.

Correia (6-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings. He

walked three and struck out three.

This was the first of 10 straight road games for the Twins,

who’ll visit Tampa Bay for four and the New York Yankees for three

before the All-Star break. Minnesota is 15-24 away from home.

NOTES: Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera (left knee) ran for the first

time Friday since going on the DL June 28. Manager John Gibbons

said Cabrera will go through a minor league rehab stint before

rejoining the Blue Jays. … Gibbons confirmed that Todd Redmond

will start Sunday in place of Chien-Ming Wang, who cleared waivers

Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. … The roof was

closed when the game began but opened in the second inning.