Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 6/1)

Game 1: Thursday, May 29
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in 10
Game 2: Friday, May 30
Kansas City6Final
Game 3: Saturday, May 31
Kansas City2Final
Game 4: Sunday, June 1
Kansas City0Final

Royals 0

(26-30, 13-16 away)

Blue Jays 4

(34-24, 18-13 home)

    1:07 PM ET, June 1, 2014

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: M. Buehrle (10-1)

    L: J. Guthrie (2-5)

    Mark Buehrle first to 10 wins as Blue Jays blank Royals

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- In a season of solid outings by Mark Buehrle, this stood out as one of his best.

    Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball's first 10-game winner, Edwin Encarnacion homered again and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Sunday.

    Buehrle (10-1) won his sixth straight decision, his longest streak since a nine-game run in 2005. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three as the Blue Jays finished a 10-game homestand at 8-2.

    "Today he was as good as he's been all year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He topped off a nice homestand for us."

    Buehrle lowered his ERA to 2.10 and improved to 25-12 lifetime against the Royals.

    "He was dynamite," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's traditionally tough on us, but he's 10-1 now, he's tough on everybody."

    Typically low key, Buehrle said he considered himself fortunate to keep the Royals off the scoreboard.

    "It was one of those games where I could have gotten my butt handed to me," he said. "I was making mistakes and they weren't making me pay for it."

    Encarnacion matched Mickey Mantle's AL record with 16 home runs in May, then started off a new month with another drive. He hit a two-run shot off Aaron Crow in the eighth for his 19th homer of the season.

    Dioner Navarro also homered as the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who went 21-9 in May, began June with their 17th victory in 21 games.

    Jeremy Guthrie (2-5) lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

    Guthrie has received just one run of support in his past four outings and is winless in 10 starts.

    "With all the pitchers, the offense is definitely not living up to the capability it can live up to right now," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.

    Toronto loaded the bases with two outs against Guthrie in the first but Juan Francisco flied out.

    Navarro hit a solo homer in the second with a drive into the right-field bullpen.

    Francisco hit a leadoff double in the fourth, Brett Lawrie singled and Anthony Gose had an RBI grounder.

    The Royals hit a pair of leadoff doubles against Buehrle, but he never allowed a runner reach third base. Alcides Escobar doubled to begin the third but was caught in a rundown on Nori Aoki's sharp grounder to second.

    Hosmer doubled to open the sixth but was thrown out at third by shortstop Jose Reyes on Billy Butler's grounder into the hole.

    Hosmer called it "a stupid baserunning mistake," but his manager was more charitable.

    "It was an aggressive mistake," Yost said. "Reyes did a great job of ranging over and the only play he had was at third."

    Game notes

    Mantle hit 16 home runs in May 1956. The major league record for the month is 17, set by Barry Bonds in 2001. ... The shutout was Toronto's eighth of the season. ... Toronto outrighted RH Bobby Korecky to Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RH Liam Hendriks to Buffalo. A corresponding roster move will be made before Tuesday's game at Detroit. The Blue Jays are off Monday. Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (4-3) faces Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-2) on Tuesday. ... The Royals recalled 3B Mike Moustakas from Triple-A Omaha and activated LHP Francisley Bueno off the 15-day DL. INF Danny Valencia (left hand) was placed on the 15-day DL and RHP Aaron Brooks was optioned to Triple-A. ... The Royals begin a four-game series at St. Louis on Monday. Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (2-5) faces RHP Shelby Miller (6-4).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumRogers Centre, Toronto, ON
    Attendance38,008 (77.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:14
    Weather60 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind11 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gabe Morales

    Research Notes

    Marl Buehrle is the first pitcher with 10 wins this season, the fifth Blue Jays player to accomplish the feat.
    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 17th home in the last 26 games Sunday. He's the first player since Shawn Green in 2002 to hit as many as 17 homers in a 26-game span (ELIAS).
    When Mark Buehrle throws his fastball down in the zone, he is limiting hitters to a .470 OPS, which is seventh-best among qualified starters in MLB. Billy Butler has a .416 OPS against fastballs down in the zone, which is seventh-worst among qualified hitters in MLB.
    Mark Buehrle is the fourth pitcher in the last 15 seasons to have 10 wins by June 1, and first since Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010 (ELIAS).

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