Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Mark Buehrle tossed eight innings of one-run ball while Ryan Goins hit the go-ahead RBI groundout in the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a seven-game slide with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Buehrle, making his first appearance at Minute Maid Park since saving Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, yielded seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts to improve to 10-7 and help the Blue Jays (58-73) avoid a three-game sweep.
The 34-year-old Buehrle is now 9-5 with a 3.16 ERA since May 11 and hasn’t lost since July 20 in Tampa Bay. His ERA is now down to a respectable 4.08 after a season-high 7.02.
Dallas Keuchel was in line for a win after pitching seven shutout innings, in which he allowed just four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. However, an erratic Chia-Jen Lo (0-2) gave up two runs in the ninth to earn the loss and the blown save.
Buehrle’s only real difficulty came in the second inning when he loaded the bases on a walk and two singles before the only Astros’ run came around to score on a double play off the bat of Jake Elmore.
After Keuchel held the Jays scoreless in seven innings, Josh Fields worked a perfect eighth to protect a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth.
However, Lo struggled to throw strikes, allowing the first four batters he faced to reach base, including three via walks.
Lo then walked Moises Sierra with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Goins drove in a run on a slow grounder to second base to put the Jays ahead, 2-1.
Closer Casey Janssen recorded two quick outs in the ninth but he loaded the bases after struggling with his command.
Janssen, however, sealed his 23rd save of the season by deflecting a ground ball up the middle by Cody Clark to Goins at second, who threw to first for the final out.
Toronto finished its 10-game road trip through Tampa Bay, New York and Houston with a 2-8 record. The Jays will now return home for a three-game series against the Yankees.