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MLB: Toronto 4, Houston 0

July 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, July 25 (UPI) -- Mark Buehrle limited Houston to two hits Thursday and went the distance for the first time this year in lifting Toronto to a 4-0 win over the Astros.

Buehrle (6-7), the author of two no-hitters and one perfect game in his 14-year career, walked two and struck out nine to emphatically snap Toronto's seven-game losing streak.

He gave up a two-out single to Justin Maxwell in the fifth and a one-out double to J.D. Martinez in the seventh. Buehrle walked two and hit a batter, but the last eight Astros went down in order.

Edwin Encarnacion doubled home Toronto's first run in the fourth and the Blue Jays struck for three more in the seventh, two of them coming home on a single by Maicer Izturis.

Buehrle has thrown 29 complete games in his career and nine shutouts. This was his first shutout, however, since the perfect game he produced against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009 while with the Chicago White Sox.

The loss went to Erik Bedard (3-8), who in his previous outing was taken out of a game against Seattle with a no-hitter working through 6 1/3 innings. He had piled up more than 100 pitches when he was lifted.

Bedard gave up a run on three hits in five innings against the Blue Jays. Houston has lost 11 of its last 13.

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