Buehrle delivers Blue Jays win over Royals

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Aug. 30, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

TORONTO - By just about every measure, this Toronto Blue Jays season has been defined by mediocre starting pitching. It is at the root of what has ailed this team since day one.

Through it all, Mark Buehrle has been an exception, delivering as advertised and then some. He was never hyped as an ace for this staff but recently he has pitched like one.

He did it again Friday night, putting on a seven-inning clinic for the benefit of the Kansas City Royals.

Buehrle tossed seven shutout innings, holding the Royals to three singles and a double while the Jays held on for a 3-2 victory, their fourth win in five games. Adam Lind drove in a pair of runs and Ryan Goins plated the other for Toronto.

Buehrle has been as hot over the last six weeks as he’s been in years. In his last eight starts dating back to July 25, he’s delivered a 2.41 ERA. During that span, the Jays have won just 15 games but Buehrle has been the winning pitcher in six of those wins, working 56 innings, an average of seven innings per start.


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