Blue Jays 4, Twins 0
Mark Buerhle made his 50th start against the Minnesota Twins one
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
”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
”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
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
”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
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
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.