TORONTO (AP) — Mark Buehrle became the first nine-game winner in the majors, while Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Tuesday night.

Juan Francisco also homered for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 15 and are 19-7 in May.

Buehrle (9-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. Casey Janssen finished for his eighth save in eight chances.

Encarnacion connected for the 14th time in May, matching Jose Bautista's team record for home runs in a month. Bautista hit 14 homers in June 2012.

Sean Rodriguez had three RBIs for the Rays, who lost their second straight following a season-best four-game winning streak.

Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (1-2) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota's Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score.

The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck. Fill-in Scott Baker gave up three hits over six innings and Chris Gimenez hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single in the sixth off Phil Hughes.

But Soria (1-2) took his first blown save in nine chances with a shaky ninth inning patched together by the Twins, who ended their four-game losing streak.

Hughes allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Glen Perkins (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, stranding Alex Rios after a leadoff triple.


KANSAS CITY (AP) — Collin McHugh held light-hitting Kansas City at bay over seven innings, helping Houston earn its first four-game winning streak since last September.

The Astros own the worst record in the AL, but have won four in a row on the road for the first time since taking six straight away from Minute Maid Park last May 29-June 3.

Houston rookie George Springer's homer streak ended at four games. He hit two flyballs to the warning track and finished 1 for 4.

Matt Dominguez hit an RBI single in the fourth and Houston tacked on two more runs off reliever Tim Collins in the eighth.

McHugh (3-3) scattered five hits while striking out nine without issuing a walk to earn his first win in five starts.

Kansas City right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-4) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings.