Buehrle's season ends prematurely as Blue Jays fall to Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards in Baltimore, Sept. 26, 2013. (DOUG KAPUSTIN/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

BALTIMORE - Mark Buehrle’s season — another labour of love — came to an end Thursday night.

The 34-year-old Toronto Blue Jays lefty, who has been a model of endurance — 13 consecutive seasons of 200-plus innings pitched and not one stint on the disabled list — took the loss in a 3-2 defeat against the Baltimore Orioles to prevent him from notching 13 wins for a fifth consecutive season.

One of the main acquisitions in the big trade with the Miami Marlins — and doesn’t that seem like a long, long time ago — Buehrle has been one of the few prime additions to have lived up to his billing.

Plugged in as the No. 3 starter in the rotation, Buehrle has delivered the goods more times than not.

His final start was an abbreviated one as Jason Pearce drilled him on the inside of his right calf leading off the fourth. Buehrle, a good fielder, reacted quickly to get to the ball and threw him out but could not continue due to a contusion.

So in his final start he went 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs on eight hits including a solo home run by Matt Wieters.


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