Buehrle, Blue Jays win 11th straight, beat Athletics 4-2
TORONTO (AP) The surging Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th straight game Thursday, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 behind Mark Buehrle’s arm and Ryan Goins’ bat.
The AL East leaders, who also won 11 in a row in June, became the first team to post a pair of winning streaks of at least 11 since Cleveland in 1954.
Toronto finished off a three-game sweep and hosts the second-place New York Yankees in a three-game set beginning Friday night. David Price starts the opener for the Blue Jays.
Buehrle (13-5) won his fourth straight decision and improved to 8-1 in 14 starts since May 29. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings.
Blue Jays starters have permitted three earned runs or fewer in 17 straight games, one shy of the club record.
Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 12th save.
Goins hit a three-run homer during a four-run second against Jesse Chavez (6-12).
Chavez moved up a day to start in place of AL ERA leader Sonny Gray, who was scratched because of back spasms. Gray first felt sore Wednesday night.
The Blue Jays lead the majors in runs. They have homered in 12 consecutive games and 24 of 25 since the All-Star break, connecting 42 times overall in that span.
Toronto broke loose in the second when Dioner Navarro, Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar singled and Goins homered into the right field bullpen.
Oakland chased Buehrle in the eighth. Marcus Semien hit a leadoff single and Billy Burns tripled past a diving Pillar in center.
Reliever Aaron Sanchez came on and gave up an RBI grounder to Mark Canha, but escaped further damage.
Blue Jays: 1B Edwin Encarnacion (left middle finger) sat out his fourth straight game. … SS Troy Tulowitzki got the day off.
Athletics: If Gray is unable to start at Baltimore on Friday, Oakland will have to promote a starter from Triple-A Nashville. LHP Brad Mills, Friday’s scheduled starter for Nashville, is considered the leading candidate. He’s 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in three career starts against Baltimore. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.79 ERA) starts for the Orioles Friday.
Blue Jays: LHP Price (11-4, 2.35 ERA) looks to improve to 3-0 with Toronto as the Blue Jays begin a three-game series with the New York Yankees. Price is 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA in two starts since joining Toronto. RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.52 ERA) starts for the Yankees.