Pirates Defeat Jays, 5-4
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Mark Buehrle was happy with his mound performance. And his time in the dugout, too.
Buehrle allowed one run and four hits in 3 2-3 innings during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
“It was good to go out four times,” he said. “It’s all about building up. You can throw 50 pitches and get tired. But when you throw, sit down for a few minutes, then get up and do it again, it builds arm strength.”
Toronto acquired the 33-year-old left-hander from Miami in November. He figures to be a workhorse in the Blue Jays’ rotation.
“You look at his career, and you can pretty much pencil in double-digit wins and over 200 innings,” manager John Gibbons said. “He provides stability. You know he’s going to give you a good effort, he’s going to keep you in the game. He’s durable. It’s hard to find guys like that.”
Buehrle works fast, has won four straight Gold Gloves and knows how to hold runners in check.
In the first inning, leadoff batter Anthony Gose tumbled backward when Pirates starter James McDonald buzzed him with an inside fastball. But Gose wound up drawing a walk and scored the first run on a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez.
McDonald was scheduled to pitch five innings, but was efficient enough to get into the sixth. He gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings and struck out five.
“Quick outs are always big,” McDonald said. “In the first inning, I made good pitches. A ground ball here or there, it could’ve gone either way. I had purpose and pitched inside well.”
McDonald struck out three of his final five batters, a time when he started mixing in more breaking balls.
“Early in the game, I was working my fastball,” McDonald said. “Toward the end, when my fastball location got a little more crisp, I started getting ahead of guys. That always makes it easier.”
Pittsburgh tied the score in the ninth against Tyson Brummett on Felix Pie’s leadoff homer and Josh Harrison’s two-out, RBI double. Carlos Paulino hit a game-ending single in the 10th off Tommy Hottovy, who had hit Jordy Mercer and Pie with pitches.