Goins helps Blue Jays beat Athletics 4-2, Toronto wins 11th in a row

Fans celebrate the Toronto Blue Jays' series sweep of the Oakland Athletics during MLB baseball action in Toronto on Thursday, August 13, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

TORONTO – Ryan Goins hit a home run and pitcher Mark Buehrle was solid as the Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th game in a row on Thursday with a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Buehrle (13-5) had two strikeouts and allowed seven hits and two runs over seven-plus innings as Toronto (64-52) extended its winning streak. Aaron Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning of relief while Roberto Osuna earned his 12th save of the season.

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That win streak has helped Toronto climb from fourth to first in the American League East in a span of 16 days.

Billy Burns hit a triple for Oakland (51-65), which has lost three straight, all in Toronto. Starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (6-12) struck out nine but allowed four runs and six hits over six innings.

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Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Rodriguez combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Athletics.

The decision to start Chavez against his former team came just hours before the first pitch. Athletics ace Sonny Gray was scheduled against the Blue Jays, but back spasms kept him from playing. Chavez pitched in nine games for Toronto in 2012.

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