Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Miguel Gonzalez gave up just one unearned run in seven innings while Matt Wieters knocked in two runs to lift the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday’s finale of a three-game set at Camden Yards.
Gonzalez surrendered two hits with a walk and five strikeouts to end his season with an 11-8 mark as the Orioles, who are out of the running in the Wild Card race, improved to 83-76.
Wieters smacked his 22nd homer of the year in the second and added a run-scoring sacrifice in the third while Nick Markakis hit an RBI double for the Orioles.
Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle left in the fourth inning with a right calf contusion after he was hit on his right calf by a line drive off the bat of Baltimore’s Steve Pearce.
Toronto’s veteran starter still managed to record an out on the play, but then had to be removed from the game after he was looked at by head trainer George Poulis.
Buehrle (12-10) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out one over 3 1/3 innings. The incident stopped Buehrle from having a chance to win 13 games for the fifth consecutive year.
The 34-year-old posted a 4.15 ERA in 33 starts while surpassing the 200-inning plateau for the 13th straight year.
Buehrle is one of the most durable pitchers in the game, making 429 consecutive starts without requiring a stint on the disabled list.
Gonzalez allowed an unearned run in the first inning on outfielder Jason Pridie’s fielding error but cruised after that, retiring 13 in a row before J.P. Arencibia’s one-out double in the seventh.
Wieters put Baltimore on the board in the second with a long ball and his sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
The Blue Jays pulled within a run on Brett Lawrie’s eighth-inning double off Tommy Hunter, but the righty worked his way out of trouble to hold the 3-2 lead.
After a pair of singles and Lawrie’s one-out two-bagger, Hunter got a pair of strikeouts to strand two runners.
Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his league-leading 48th save.
The Blue Jays will now head home to close out their season with three games against the Rays in a series which will have Wild Card implications for Tampa Bay.