Hou 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tor 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 X 4
Date of game: 7/25/2013

Recap: Toronto vs. Houston

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 the victory.

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 fifth inning.

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 4-0 lead.

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."

Game Notes

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: 2:18.

NASCAR News
Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race

Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.

Extra Points: Snyder and the Beltway radio wars

If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL's owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel Snyder's critics will take the gold every time.

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.