Buehrle gets 6th win, Blue Jays rout Phillies 10-0
TORONTO (AP) — Mark Buehrle isn’t interested in dissecting his dominant start to the season. All he wants to do is keep it going.
Buehrle became the first six-game winner in the majors, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight over Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Buehrle (6-1) allowed three hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.91. He walked two and struck out six.
“I don’t want to ask too many questions, I don’t want to try to figure out what’s going on,” Buehrle said. “I’m just going to roll with it and keep it as long as I can.”
Manager John Gibbons said he appreciates Buehrle’s consistency.
“All he does is keep winning,” Gibbons said. “He does the same thing every time he wins. Just hit rewind.”
Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco both hit two-run homers for the Blue Jays, who blew open a pitcher’s duel between Buehrle and Cliff Lee with a nine-run, 12-batter seventh inning.
“They flat out beat us in every way,” Lee said. “Shut us out and scored 10 runs. That’s a pretty good beating right there.”
Toronto won its season-high fourth straight, its longest run since an 11-game streak from June 11-23, 2013.
Buehrle is 6-2 in his career against the Phillies, with both losses coming in 2012, when he pitched for Miami.
“He’s got some deception and he knows how to pitch,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He doesn’t give in.”
Sergio Santos worked the eighth and Chad Jenkins finished.
Encarnacion opened the seventh with a triple that went over the head of center fielder Ben Revere and bounced back off the wall. Sandberg was disappointed in Revere’s effort on the play.
“It looked like he gave up on it and it hit the bottom of the wall,” Sandberg said. “Catchable ball. Things unraveled from that point forward.”
Kratz followed with a drive into the second deck in left against his former team.
Dioner Navarro singled and Francisco, a left-handed hitter, followed with a line-drive homer to right, his first ever against a left-hander.
“Just one of those innings where they hit everything,” Lee said. “They didn’t miss a pitch.”
Steve Tolleson chased Lee with a double and later scored on a wild pitch third strike to Melky Cabrera by Mario Hollands. Jose Bautista hit an RBI single off Shawn Camp and Encarnacion followed with a three-run shot to center.
Lee retired the first seven batters in order before Colby Rasmus hit a one-out single in the third. Rasmus went to third on Tolleson’s ground rule double and scored without a throw on Jose Reyes’ sacrifice fly.
Lee set down 10 of the next 11 batters before coming unglued in the seventh.
Lee (3-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, falling to 2-5 in eight career starts at Rogers Centre, his lowest winning percentage among the 33 stadiums he has pitched in over his career. He has won just once in his past six starts.
Philadelphia’s struggling offense has scored in just one of the past 34 innings. The Phillies had a five-run sixth inning against Toronto in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss, were blanked 3-0 on Monday and did not score after the first inning in Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Washington.
“That makes it tough, we have to improve on that,” Sandberg said. “For the pitchers going out there, that’s a tough task. We need to improve in that area.”
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins returned to the starting lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duties the past two days because of a sore right groin. Rollins made his second career start at designated hitter, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.
NOTES: Philadelphia 1B Ryan Howard got the day off. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (right hamstring) sat for the second straight game but is expected to return Thursday or Friday, Gibbons said. ... Navarro made his first start since May 1 after being limited to pinch-hitting duties because of a sore right quadriceps. ... Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (2-1) faces Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3) on Thursday.