Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Mark Buehrle pitched seven-plus shutout frames while Dioner Navarro knocked in three runs to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 blanking of the Cleveland Indians Saturday at Progressive Field.
Buehrle allowed just three hits with three walks and three strikeouts for his fourth win in as many starts for the Blue Jays (10-8), who have an opportunity to go for their first series sweep Sunday.
Buehrle has now surrendered just two earned runs in 28 innings this season and won his first four starts of the season for the first time since 2002, lowering his ERA to an almost unbelievable 0.64.
It was a rather effortless outing on the mound for Buehrle as he stranded four runners and held the Indians hitless in two at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Jays already are guaranteed a winning record on their nine-game road trip with a record of 5-3.
Navarro went 2-for-4 and raised his RBI season total to 12 while Melky Cabrera had two hits – a double and a triple — for the Blue Jays.
Corey Kluber (1-2) absorbed the loss after allowing five runs — four earned — on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings as the Indians dropped to 7-10.
The Blue Jays gave Buehrle some breathing room early in the game when they scored two in the first inning on a pair of RBI singles by Jose Bautista and Navarro.
Toronto added one more in the second on an RBI single by Jose Reyes, and then broke the game open in the seventh on a two-run single by Navarro.
The Indians tried to get something going in the eighth inning, when Buehrle allowed a leadoff single to Murphy before walking Mike Aviles.
Toronto manager John Gibbons turned to former Tribe righty Esmil Rogers, who retired the next three batters in order to escape the jam unscathed.