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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 said.

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 Encarnacion.

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.

Game Notes

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

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 48
MIL 51
 
1st
GSW 11
OKC 25
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 15
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13