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Buehrle pitches Blue Jays to 5-0 win over A's


July 31. 2013 1:46AM
Associated Press



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(AP) Mark Buehrle allowed five hits over seven innings, Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio each homered and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland's winning streak at four with a 5-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night.


Colby Ramus also drove in a run and Edwin Encarnacion had two hits as Toronto improved to 11-5 against the AL West.


Derek Norris had two hits for the A's, who during the game acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for infielder Grant Green. Callaspo was hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs entering Tuesday.


Buehrle (7-7) extended his scoreless innings streak to 20, did not walk a batter and struck out two. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced five days after tossing a two-hit shutout against the Houston Astros.


Dan Straily (6-5) lost his third straight decision, giving up five runs two earned on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.


Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar struck out the side in the eighth on nine pitches and leads all AL relievers with 70 strikeouts.


Bautista's two-out home run in the first put Toronto on the board.


The Blue Jays added an unearned run in the fourth. Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Ramus hit consecutive singles, with Yeonis Cespedes misplaying the ball in left field, allowing Encarnacion to score.


Bonifacio led off the fifth with a home run. Jose Reyes walked and Maicer Izturis was safe when Adam Rosales threw wildly. Reyes scored on the play. Ramus added an RBI single.


The Blue Jays improved to 11-21 since their major league-best 11-game winning streak.


Darren Oliver pitched the ninth and went over the 1,900 inning mark for his career.


NOTES: A's INF Eric Sogard was credited with a single in the first inning of Monday night's game, with the error taken away from Edwin Encarnacion. It gives Sogard an eight-game hitting streak. ... A's LHP Brett Anderson (foot) threw 57 pitches in a side session. He'll likely throw live batting practice on Friday. ... RHP Bartolo Colon (14-3, 2.54 ERA) is scheduled to start for the A's on Wednesday. He's 10-5 lifetime against the Blue Jays. ... Blue Jays RHP R.A. Dickey (8-11, 4.86) makes the start for the Blue Jays. He's 0-3 in his last four starts after a season-best three-game winning streak. ... Encarnacion has reached base safely in 16 of his last 25 plate appearances. ... Buehrle last pitched against the A's in 2011 and has a three-game winning streak against them.


Associated Press


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