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Complete game shutout by Mark Buehrle, Jays beat Nationals

2 wins in a row. Let's keep the streak going.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 8 Nationals 0

Mark Buehrle was some kind of terrific tonight. 9 innings, just 6 hits (5 singles and 1 double), 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. 18 groundouts with just 2 flyouts. And he singled, broke up a double play with a takeout slide at second and put down a perfect bunt.

He gave up 4 runs in the first inning of his last start, since then 17 shutout innings, along with the back-to-back complete games.

And our offense showed up. We scored:

  • 4 in the first inning. Jose Reyes walked, Josh Donaldson doubled. Jose Bautista and Chris Colabello had back-to-back RBI singles. Justin Smoak drove in 1 with a ground and Kevin Pillar drove in the 4th run of the inning.
  • 1 in the fourth inning. Pillar (who has suddenly remembered how to hit) singled. After a force out by Ryan Goins, Buehrle bunted and Reyes singled him home.
  • 2 in the sixth inning. Doubles by Smoak and Goins, and a RBI single from Reyes.
  • 1 in the top of the ninth. An angry Bautista hitting a home run. His first since May 18. He didn't like a couple of calls in his previous at bat, and gave the umpires a 'golf clap'. He had a strike called that was off the plate and then strike 3 was a called swing by the first base umpire. Just a terrible call really.
In all we had 13 hits. Jose Reyes had a great day, at least at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a walk. Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar had 2 hits each. Everyone else, in the starting lineup, had a hit each.

Jays of the Day are Buehrle (.159 as a pitcher, plus .007 with the bat) and I'll give one to Josh Donaldson (.092, plus a couple of nice plays on defense). Let's give honorable mention to Reyes, Pillar and Bautista.

No Suckage Jays.

As well as the 3 hits, Reyes made an error, booting a soft ground ball to short. He also made a pretty bad throw to second that Goins did a nice job keeping a foot on the base, while still catching the ball. Most of his throws, from short to first, were rifled.

And I didn't see a smile on his face all evening.

Beyond the Boxscore had this tweet:

We have an off-day tomorrow and then we start a 3-game series with the AL West leading Astros. This is our 3rd series in a row against a division leading team.

We had 716 comments in a slightly grumpy GameThread, not bad considering it was a Buehrle start, coming it at just 2:13. Pikachu led us again.

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