CLEVELAND – Mark Buehrle has a simple explanation for his unbeaten record.
“The slower you throw the better off you are,” he said after pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Buehrle (4-0) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and lowered his ERA to 0.64 in four starts. The 34-year-old left-hander, who once pitched a perfect game, was pulled after giving up a single and walk to start the eighth. He allowed four hits overall, struck out three and walked three.
“I haven’t changed anything in 10 or 11 years,” he said. “I’m not going to keep asking questions. I’m going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.”
Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in his first game since opening day, when he strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat of the season and went on the disabled list.
Corey Kluber (1-2) allowed five runs in 6⅔ innings.
Dioner Navarro drove in three runs. Run-scoring singles by Jose Bautista and Navarro in the first put Toronto ahead, which was more than enough for Buehrle against the struggling Indians, who have lost seven of nine.
Navarro added a two-run single in the seventh that chased Kluber.
Buehrle gave the Blue Jays’ overworked bullpen a much-needed breather. Toronto played a doubleheader Thursday in Minnesota and needed four relievers in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Indians.
“He’s good, that’s all there is to it,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
Indians manager Terry Francona agreed.
“It’s not just today, it’s been his first four starts and probably for the majority of his career,” Francona said. “He gets a lead and he kind of puts you in a rocking chair. Little fastball, cuts it in to keep you honest, expands the plate, takes something off of it, throws a lot of changeups. We’ll get a guy on, he’ll get you to roll over, he’s really good at that.”
Cleveland didn’t get a runner past second base.
Tigers 5, Angels 2
In Detroit, Max Scherzer (1-1) struck out nine in seven innings and the Tigers finally managed to beat Los Angeles.
Red Sox 4, Orioles 2
In Boston, Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera’s suicide squeeze, lifting the Red Sox over Baltimore.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0) pitched 1⅓ hitless innings of relief. Koji Uehara struck out three after a leadoff walk for his fourth save.
Royals 5, Twins 4
In Kansas City, Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Royals bullpen took over, shutting down Minnesota.
Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base for Kansas City.
Athletics 4, Astros 3
In Oakland, Josh Reddick hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning as the A’s handed Houston its sixth straight loss.
Rays 16, Yankees 1
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had six RBIs, and Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees.
Rangers 6, White Sox 3
In Arlington, Texas, Colby Lewis pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly two years and Prince Fielder homered to lead the Rangers.
Lewis (1-1) struck out four while allowing only one run over 5⅓ innings. The right-hander is the first known major league pitcher to return from a unique hip procedure.