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TOR@TEX: Buehrle shuts down Rangers for third win

The Rockies will continue their quest for the franchise's first win in Toronto in the series finale against the Blue Jays Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

But the opportunity to break an 0-8 all-time record arrives at a difficult moment, with the Blue Jays riding a seven-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the American League.

Mark Buehrle, fresh off his best start of the season, tossing seven scoreless innings in a win over the Rangers Friday, will return to the Rogers Centre mound. After several rocky outings earlier this season, Buehrle improved his record to 3-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.66.

While starting pitching has been critical to Toronto's run, Buehrle has not made any major midseason adjustments.

"We're getting the ball moving. But other than that, to be honest, a lot of it is luck," Buehrle said. "Early in the year I was making pitches and those pitches were getting crushed. Now, I'm still making some of those pitches in certain counts and I'm getting lucky and getting away with them. I haven't changed anything."

Colorado starter Juan Nicasio will work behind a scuffling Rockies offense that has produced just three runs in the first two games of the series. The red-hot Blue Jays' offense has been rolling, scoring 10 runs against the Rockies.

Nicasio will try to improve his 5.53 ERA in five Interleague starts when he makes his first career appearance against Toronto. He will also be looking for his first win since May 19, as Nicasio has picked up four consecutive no-decisions.

But Buehrle has been in the big leagues long enough to know Toronto's impressive run -- the team's longest winning streak since 2008 -- could be over soon.

"I wouldn't expect to keep this rate up for too much longer," Buehrle said. "I mean, I'm sure someone is going to hit a bump in the road here soon, we just have to ride it out while we can."

Rockies: Cuddyer's bat stays hot
• Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games with a single in the seventh Tuesday night. It is the longest active hitting streak in the National League, and Cuddyer is hitting .387 with two homers and nine RBIs since the streak started on May 28.

• Center fielder Dexter Fowler could return to Colorado's lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's game with a right hand injury. Fowler missed two starts last week after suffering the injury Thursday, and will be a game-time decision depending on how his hand feels.

Blue Jays: Encarnacion ranks among AL's best
• Edwin Encarnacion hit his 19th homer Tuesday night and now ranks in the top three in the AL in home runs and RBIs. He is on pace to surpass an impressive 2012, when he finished with 42 home runs and 110 RBIs, both easily career highs.

• The Blue Jays' winning streak has placed them within two games of .500 for the first time since April 18, when they were 7-9.

Worth noting
• In the four previous series between the Blue Jays and Rockies, the home team has swept the visiting team every time. The last meeting came in 2010, when Colorado took three straight from Toronto at Coors Field.

• Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, recently named the NL Player of the Week, is an impressive 5-of-8 in his career against Buehrle. That's good for a .625 average, but Gonzalez has never homered off the left-hander.

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