MLB: Cardinals blank Jays 5-0

June 09, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

NEW YORK: Shelby Miller dominated Toronto and Randal Grichuk hit his first career home run to power the St Louis Cardinals past Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays 5-0.

Miller (7-5) flirted with perfection and lost a no-hit bid in the sixth but settled for a three-hit shutout to snap Toronto’s (38-25) six-game winning streak.

The 23-year-old bounced back from a trio of rough outings to record the second complete game of his career and first of the season.

He easily outdueled Buehrle who entered the game looking for his Major League-leading 11th victory of the season.

Buehrle (10-2) issued a season-high-tying five walks to the Cardinals (32-31) and lasted seven innings as he suffered his first defeat since April 25. Lyle Overbay ruined manager Clint Hurdle’s strategy with a two-run single that broke a tie and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to a victory over the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates.

After Milwaukee (37-26) left fielder Khris Davis hit an RBI single to tie the score, Hurdle intentionally walked Scooter Gennett to load the bases but Overbay delivered to cap a three-run fourth inning and break a 2-2 tie.

In other game, Dustin Ackley’s bases clearing three-run double in the fifth inning broke open a close game on and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ackley’s double was the major hit in a four-run fifth inning for the Mariners (32-29) who took a 7-2 advantage.

Roenis Elias tossed 7 2/3 innings and allowed four runs to the Rays (24-39) for the win.Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings and left fielder Junior Lake homered twice as the Cubs beat the Miami Marlins for their fifth successive victory.

The Cubs have won five straight for the first time since May, 2013. 

Lake hit solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings for his second career multi-homer game.

Brandon Barnes tripled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Colorado Rockies a win over the LA Dodgers and end their eight-game losing streak.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin pitched into the ninth and the Indians supplied plenty of power at the plate, including home runs by Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes on the way to a victory. David Murphy was also impressive in the victory. 

REUTERS

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