CLEVELAND (AP) — Mark Buehrle pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and remained unbeaten this season, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Saturday.
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.
Buehrle (4-0) lowered his ERA to 0.64 in four starts.
The 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.
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 of nine.
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.
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.
Bautista hit a popup into shallow right which Murphy, first baseman Nick Swisher and second baseman Jason Kipnis converged on. 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, who started the second with a walk, gave Toronto a 3-0 lead.
The Indians had two baserunners in the first and second, but Buehrle worked around trouble both times. Carlos Santana bounced into a double play with runners on first and second to end the first. Gomes singled and David Murphy walked with two outs in the second, but Mike Aviles flied out.
Murphy’s single and a walk to Aviles ended Buehrle’s day. Esmil Rogers struck out Cabrera and Swisher before 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 Carrasco (0-2).