CLEVELAND (AP) -- 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
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
"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 6 2-3 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
Navarro added a two-run single in the seventh that chased Kluber.
Buehrle gave Toronto's overworked bullpen a much-needed breather. The
Blue Jays 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 Toronto 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 and was shut out for the first time this season.
Melky Cabrera, who had four hits Friday for Toronto, tripled with one
out in the first as right fielder David Murphy crashed into the wall
after a long run. Cabrera scored when Bautista's popup fell in shallow
right field. First baseman Nick Swisher tried to make the catch with his
back to home plate, but got twisted around and the wind-blown ball fell
in for single.
Following a passed ball by catcher Yan Gomes and a groundout that
moved Bautista to third, Navarro's groundball took a bad hop and glanced
off Swisher's chest for a hit.
Reyes' two-out single up the middle scored Brett Lawrie and gave Toronto a 3-0 lead in the second.
"I'm really happy just to be back, be with my teammates, see my guys
again," Reyes said. "I'm happy that I'm going to be on the field and
play and do what I love to do, just play baseball."
The Indians had two baserunners in the first and second, but Buehrle
worked around trouble both times. Murphy's single and a walk to Mike
Aviles finally ended his day, but Esmil Rogers struck out Asdrubal
Cabrera and Swisher before Jason Kipnis flied out.
NOTES: Reyes initially was injured during spring training, then got
hurt on opening day. He rehabbed his leg in Florida and missed 16 games.
He batted .296 last season for Toronto, but missed 66 games with a
sprained left ankle. ... Santana was hitless in four at-bats is 3 for 40
in his last 10 games. ... Bautista has reached safely in all 18 games.
... Gomes has committed five errors and three passed balls in 16 games.
... Blue Jays DH Juan Francisco, whose contract was selected from
Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day when Adam Lind went on the disabled
list with a sore back, had an infield hit in the fourth and walked in
the sixth. ... Indians OF Michael Bourn, who is 1 for 13 in three games
since returning from a hamstring injury, was given the day off. .. The
series ends Sunday when Toronto's Brandon Morrow (1-1) faces Carlos