TORONTO – Left-hander Mark Buehrle pitched eight strong innings to become first 10-game winner in the major leagues and Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.
Buehrle (10-1) held the Royals to six hits and one walk while striking out three to win his sixth straight decision in a brisk two hours 14 minutes.
Left-hander Aaron Loup took over in the ninth from Buehrle after Encarnacion’s two-run homer in the eighth had extended the lead to four runs.
The Blue Jays (34-24) took the final two games of the four-game series to gain a split with the Royals (26-30) and finish their home stand at 8-2.
The Blue Jays have won 21 of their past 28 games to take over first place in the American League East.
Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-5) allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings to go 10 starts without a win after winning his first two starts of the season. Guthrie allowed two walks and had five strikeouts before he was replaced by right-hander Aaron Crow in the eighth.
© The Canadian Press, 2014