American League Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay|
(Wednesday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Buehrle was masterful in his
first start of the season, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-0 win over
the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Buehrle (1-0) walked one and allowed just four hits, while fanning 11
over 8 2/3 innings of work. Buehrle missed out on his 29th career complete
game by one out. Brett Lawrie couldn't reel in a Ben Zobrist line drive with
two gone in the ninth, which sent Buehrle to the bench.
"That ball was running, ducking, and darting," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons
Sergio Santos walked Evan Longoria, then Brett Cecil fanned pinch-hitter Matt
Joyce to earn his first save and finish off the shutout.
Jose Bautista hit two solo blasts and Dioner Navarro was 2-for-5 with an RBI
for the Blue Jays, who took game three of a four-game set after the teams
split the first two.
"For the most part their offense was centered around one guy. He can do that
kind of stuff," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (0-1) lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on
six hits and picking up four strikeouts while walking three. Logan Forsythe
went 2-for-3 with a double, the lone extra-base hit of the game for Tampa Bay.
After three scoreless frames the Blue Jays broke through in the fourth when
Bautista smashed a lead off homer to left center. Edwin Encarnacion followed
up with a double before Navarro found a hole in right field to plate
Lawrie earned a two-out walk in the top of the sixth before Maicer Izturis
nailed a double to left, ending Moore's outing. Brandon Gomes replaced Moore
but intentionally walked Adam Lind, the only batter he faced. Jake McGee was
then brought in with the bases loaded. The moves paid off as McGee got Melky
Cabrera to fly out to center.
Bautista went deep again in the seventh on a 2-2 pitch with one out, which
gave him his 22nd career multi-home run game. Buehrle headed into the bottom
of the inning working with a 3-0 cushion.
After allowing a lead off single to Evan Longoria, Buehrle set down the next
seven batters before the Zobrist liner.
Buehrle recorded his first double-digit strikeout start since Apr. 16, 2005
against Seattle for the White Sox, when he fanned 12 ... Toronto upped its
record to 130-148 all-time against the Rays ... Izturis was 2-for-4 with a
double for the Jays ... The Jays went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring
position, compared to Tampa Bay going 0-for-6 with RISP ... Toronto left 12
runners on base.
04/03 02:16:53 ET