TORONTO (AP) — Maicer Izturis hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their sixth consecutive game Monday night, beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 behind Josh Johnson and two relievers.
Johnson struck out a season-high 10 over 7 1-3 innings but remained winless in seven starts with Toronto, having received only 13 runs of support. Brett Cecil (3-0) escaped an eighth-inning jam and Casey Janssen finished for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Izturis had two of Toronto’s three hits as the Blue Jays won six straight for the first time since May 10-16, 2011.
Johnson, who allowed five hits and walked two, lowered his ERA from 5.40 to 4.38.
Rajai Davis singled off reliever Matt Belisle (4-4) to start the eighth, just the second hit of the game for the Blue Jays. Davis stole second and Colby Rasmus walked, with both runners advancing on J.P. Arencibia’s slow roller to the mound.
Izturis followed with a bloop single that dropped in front of left fielder Tyler Colvin, scoring both runners.
Michael Cuddyer singled and walked twice for the Rockies, who lost for the fourth time in six games.
Johnson had not pitched in more than a week after having his start pushed back twice because of a blister on his middle finger that developed during his June 9 outing against Texas.
Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa didn’t allow a hit until Izturis singled with one out in the fifth. That was the only hit the left-hander allowed in seven shutout innings. He walked three and struck out four.
The Rockies had several chances to score, but couldn’t deliver. Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying a career high, with a leadoff single in the second. Todd Helton followed with a single, sending Cuddyer to third, but Johnson struck out Wilin Rosario and Colvin, then got Nolan Arenado to fly out.
Arenado ended a streak of 11 straight outs with a two-out double in the fifth, but Jonathan Herrera grounded out.
D.J. LeMahieu hit a one-out double in the sixth and went to third on a grounder by Carlos Gonzalez. Cuddyer walked but Helton ended the threat by popping out.
Herrera singled to begin the eighth and Dexter Fowler walked before both runners advanced on LeMahieu’s sacrifice. Cecil replaced Johnson and got Gonzalez to line out sharply to first. Cuddyer was intentionally walked to bring up Helton, who grounded out.
NOTES: The home team has won all 13 meetings between these clubs, dating to 2002. … Toronto SS Jose Reyes (left ankle) went 2 for 3 in five innings of a rehab game with Class-A Dunedin. RHP Brandon Morrow (forearm) started for Dunedin, allowing three runs and five hits in two innings. … Toronto slugger Jose Bautista was slated to start in RF but switched to DH. Bautista left Saturday’s game at Texas because of leg cramps, and started at DH on Sunday. Davis replaced Bautista, and Melky Cabrera moved from DH to LF. … Carlos Gonzalez started at DH for the Rockies. … Colorado manager Walt Weiss said the team would make an announcement Tuesday regarding RHP Roy Oswalt, who signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on May 2.
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