Posted September 10, 2013 on AP on Fox
The last time Mark Buehrle put together a personal seven-game winning streak, he ended the season winning a World Series. Buehrle goes for his longest winning streak in eight years Tuesday night when the last-place Blue Jays attempt to win for the 11th time in 14 tries in a matchup against the Los Angeles Angels. Buehrle (11-7, 3.88 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA over his last nine starts, winning all four at home with a 1.27 ERA. The veteran left-hander hasn't produced a longer overall winning streak since going 9-0 during a 14-start stretch with the Chicago White Sox from April 16-June 28, 2005. That season the White Sox went on to win the World Series, but Toronto (67-76) is all but mathematically assured of finishing at the bottom of the AL East in 2013. Still, Buehrle is finding motivation. "I've got a couple more starts left, and I'm going to go out there and try to finish the season strong," Buehrle told the team's official website. "Personally, I feel like I'm back to where I've been throughout my career. I just wish we were in a better spot than we are." Buehrle's recent winning streak, though, includes a rough outing in a 6-5 road victory over Los Angeles on Aug. 4. He gave up five runs and two homers in six innings before the offense bailed him out by scoring four times in the final two. He's 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA over his last four meetings with the Angels (67-76). Beating them for the first time since Sept. 5, 2008, would keep the Blue Jays hot after they did all of their scoring in the eighth inning in Sunday's 2-0 win at Minnesota to complete a three-game sweep. Jose Reyes had two hits, including an RBI double, and is 10 for 22 with seven runs and three RBIs over the past five games. He shares Buehrle's attitude about September. "The season isn't over yet, and I feel that good," said Reyes, who missed 66 games with a sprained left ankle earlier this season. "I still feel it a little bit, but it's way better than it was months ago. Hopefully, I'll keep feeling better, and I can go into the offseason with a better idea and go to spring training 100 percent, and do what I do best, just play my game." The Angels send Jerome Williams (6-10, 4.60) to the mound looking to avoid a third straight loss after opening a season-long 10-game trip with a 6-3 defeat to Minnesota on Monday. The right-hander allowed two runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. He had been 0-8 with a 6.15 ERA over his 15 previous games - 13 starts - dating to a victory at Baltimore on June 12. Williams is 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA in six road starts since. "I'm just going out here and doing my job, trying to do my best," Williams said. "As long as at the end of the day, end of the season, I can look myself in the mirror and say, 'I did OK,' that's fine." Los Angeles' Mike Trout is 16 for 37 (.432) during an 11-game hit streak. He has a .553 on-base percentage during that span.
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