TORONTO (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run home run, Mark Buehrle won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday, beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
The eight-game streak is Toronto’s longest since a 10-game run in late 2008.
In the 15 times the Blue Jays and Rockies have played, the visiting team has never won. Toronto swept Colorado in 2002 and 2007, while the Blue Jays were swept at Coors Field in 2006 and 2010.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his NL-leading 21st home run, but the Rockies lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Buehrle (4-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings of the interleague game. The left-hander, who walked one and struck out four, failed to pitch at least six innings for the first time since April 25.
Neil Wagner pitched the sixth, Brett Cecil worked the seventh, Steve Delabar handled the eighth and Casey Janssen finished for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Toronto’s bullpen has pitched 24 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Cecil has retired 38 batters without allowing a hit, the longest streak in Blue Jays history. David Cone retired 36 straight batters without giving up a hit in 1995.
Lind gave the Blue Jays an early lead against Colorado starter Juan Nicasio. Jose Bautista reached on third baseman Nolan Arenado’s throwing error in the first, Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single and Lind hit his ninth homer.
The Rockies got one back in the second when Jordan Pacheco hit a leadoff double and scored on Yorvit Torrealba’s single.
Toronto took advantage of another Rockies error to make it 4-1 in the fourth. Colby Rasmus drew a leadoff walk and Maicer Izturis was safe when second baseman D.J. LeMahieu couldn’t handle a potential double play grounder. Rasmus went to third on the play and scored on Emilio Bonifacio’s grounder.
Gonzalez made it 4-2 with a leadoff homer in the fifth, his NL-leading 44th extra base hit. Gonzalez also hit a two-out double in the ninth.
Nicasio (4-3) allowed four runs (two earned) and four hits in five innings. The right-hander, who has not won in six starts, walked one and struck out three.
Toronto added an insurance run off reliever Rob Scahill in the seventh. Munenori Kawasaki hit a one-out triple and scored when Melky Cabrera singled through the drawn-in infield.
NOTES: After playing three games with Class-A Dunedin, Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (left ankle) will take Thursday off, then join Triple-A Buffalo for three games starting Friday, manager John Gibbons said. The four-time All-Star could be activated in time for Monday’s game at Tampa Bay. … Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (right ring finger) missed his second straight game. Fowler has been sore since being hit on the hand by a pitch last week. … Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games with a single in the first. … Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie (left ankle) fielded grounders and took batting practice Wednesday. Lawrie has been out since May 28. … Tests on Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow’s sore forearm revealed inflammation. Morrow’s rehab assignment was shut down after he complained of soreness during a two-inning stint at Dunedin on Monday.
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