Jays beat Sox 2-1
TORONTO—Mark Buehrle doesn’t care how many hits he gives up as long as he’s keeping runs off the scoreboard.
The Blue Jays’ starting pitcher gave up 10 hits over seven innings but allowed just one run on yesterday as Toronto edged Boston 2-1 for its second win in a row.
“I know I’ve struggled against them,” said the veteran left-hander. “You’ve got to have everything going your way. You got to have runs scored for you, you got to have defence behind you, bullpen’s got to save the lead.
“Again, a win’s a win. Don’t really matter against who it is. A win’s a win, it feels good.”
Toronto (56-65) struggled to get hits off Boston starter Jake Peavy (9-5). He struck out four and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings of work.
The Red Sox (72-51) had no trouble getting on base, but struggled to bring home their runners, stranding 12 on base. Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava led Boston with three hits each.
“Tonight, the story is left on base. We created a number of opportunities,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
“I thought we had a very good approach against Buehrle to build those opportunities, and then he made a number of quality pitches with men in scoring position,” he added.
Peavy was in firm control for the first six innings of the game, giving up just two hits and striking out four as Boston held on to a 1-0 lead.
But the Blue Jays figured Peavy out in the seventh. Jose Bautista earned an infield single when Will Middlebrooks misplayed the ball at third base. Edwin Encarnacion’s single up the middle then advanced Bautista to second.
Brett Lawrie drove Bautista home with another single to centre field, advancing Encarnacion to third with no outs.
That ended Peavy’s night with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow replaced him on the mound.
Mark DeRosa pinch hitting for first baseman Adam Lind gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead when Encarnacion scored from third on his pop fly to left-centre field. J.P. Arencibia then flied out and Kevin Pillar struck out swinging to end the inning.
In other American League action yesterday it was: Tigers 4, Royals 1; Rays 7, Mariners 1; Angels 8, Yankees 4; Athletics 5, Astros 0; and Twins 4, White Sox 3.
In National League play, it was: Giants 4, Nationals 3; Cardinals 6, Pirates 5; Reds 2, Brewers 1; and Mets 4, Padres 1.