For the 13th consecutive season pitcher Mark Buehrle passed the 200-inning barrier Saturday night as the Blue Jays rallied around him for a 4-2 victory over the newly minted American League East Division champion Boston Red Sox. Buehrle stifled the Red Sox on five hits over six innings allowing just one run. He got all the run support he needed in the form of a three-run two-out Toronto rally in the fourth inning after Boston starter Clay Buchholz had been perfect through three innings. It was Buehrle’s 12th win of the season and this also marks the 13th consecutive season in which he has gone into double-figures in wins a rare bright spot in the tale of woe that has plagued Toronto’s starting rotation this season. “He’s had a tremendous year” said manager John Gibbons. “Slow start then he really kicked it in. He’s been doing what he’s done his whole career. Thirteen straight years of 200 innings never on the DL. He’s a rare guy. It was nice to get that win for him tonight. “If you have 25 Buehrles on your team you’re probably going to have a good year. We need more guys like that the Buehrle’s and DeRosa’s.” Eight of Toronto’s nine starters had at least one base hit and Brett Lawrie who started the fourth-inning rally had a pair of singles. The Blue Jays owed their first run and indeed their entire two-out fourth-inning rally to Lawrie’s hustle. With two outs and nobody on Lawrie hit a slow bouncer to Xander Bogaerts playing third base. The rookie gloved the ball cleanly but double-clutched the exchange just enough time for the hard-charging Lawrie to beat the throw to first. “It’s one of those plays where you’ve got to get down the line” said Lawrie. “I’m just doing what I usually do. I always go hard down the line always just for that one chance. It doesn’t come around all that often but I’m going to keep going down the line like that.” The next hitter Adam Lind worked the count full and then with Lawrie on the move with the pitch he drilled a double just over the head of centre fielder Shane Victorino easily scoring Lawrie all the way from first. After Moises Sierra’s single put runners at first and third Rajai Davis looped a single into no-man’s land in left centre scoring Lind. On that play Sierra scurried to third and was rewarded for his good baserunning when Buchholz threw the ball away at first trying to pick Davis off. Sierra sauntered home to make it 3-0. In the meantime Buehrle who came into this game with an ERA over 7.00 in his past three starts all Blue Jays losses was spinning a gem against a Boston lineup that was without several regulars after the Red Sox clinched the division title the night before.
Blue Jays hang on to beat Red Sox 4-2
Toronto Sun | Sep 22