Buehrle wins 10th, Encarnacion HR, Toronto tops KC
TORONTO (AP) — Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball’s first 10-game winner and Edwin Encarnacion homered again as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.
Buehrle (10-1) won his sixth straight decision. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three.
He lowered his ERA to 2.10, second-best in the American League to New York’s Masahiro Tanaka, and improved to 25-12 lifetime against the Royals.
Encarnacion, who matched Mickey Mantle’s AL record with 16 home runs in May, started off a new month with another drive. He hit a two-run shot off Aaron Crow in the eighth for his 19th homer of the season.
Also in the AL, Phil Hughes pitched eight poised innings in his return to New York and wound up a winner when the Minnesota Twins came back to beat the New York Yankees 7-2 behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth.
In other AL games, Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings and Brock Holt drove in two runs with one of his four doubles as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0, the Baltimore Orioles downed the Houston Astros 9-4, the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 and the Seattle Mariners shut out the Detroit Tigers 4-0.
Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters over eight innings and Leonys Martin broke open a scoreless duel with a homer in the seventh as the Texas Rangers beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 to avert a three-game sweep.
Pitching for the first time since May 22 after missing his last turn with a stiff neck, Darvish (5-2) gave up five hits and walked two in dropping his ERA to 2.08. The right-hander matched his season high in strikeouts and overpowered a team that amassed 19 runs in the first two games of the series.
Also in interleague play, the Chicago White Sox defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1 and the Cleveland Indians overcame the Colorado Rockies 6-4.
At Phoenix, Chris Heisey hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning as the Cincinnati Reds connected four times in all to beat Arizona 4-3 to take three of four games from the Diamondbacks.
Cincinnati led 3-0 after homers by Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier in the third and by Ryan Ludwick in the fourth. Arizona tied it with a three-run fourth, then Heisey’s second home run of the season put the Reds on top for good.
David Peralta singled twice in his major league debut for the Diamondbacks.
Also in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 to take three of four from the defending NL West champions.
Josh Harrison also homered and Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs, helping the Pirates win for the eighth time in 12 games.
The Milwaukee Brewers thrashed the Chicago Cubs 9-0, The Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-2, the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies over 13 innings and the San Francisco Giants blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0.