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Buehrle shoots for third win in series finale against Orioles

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4/13/2014 10:11:31 AM
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Mark Buehrle goes after his third win in as many starts on Sunday when the Toronto Blue Jays close out a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

After striking out 11 and coming within an out of a shutout his first time out, Buehrle defeated the Houston Astros on Tuesday, but admittedly wasn't as sharp, despite holding them to a run and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I was up in the zone and everything, wasn't getting ahead in the count like I was last start. I'm fortunate to get away with one run in 5 1/3 innings. That could have been a game where I gave out eight to 10 runs."

Buehrle has faced the Orioles 21 times (19 starts) and is 7-8 with a 3.42 ERA.

Baltimore, meanwhile, relies on righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who is still searching for his first win as a member of the Orioles. Jimenez fell to 0-2 on Monday against the New York Yankees, as he allowed four runs and walked five batters in just 4 2/3 innings, while upping his ERA to 6.75 on the year.

"He went through some really good sequences and then just got out of whack," O's manager Buck Showalter said of Jimenez. "He was just missing a lot of pitches, but he had the type of stuff that gets you a lot deeper in the game. He'd just go through spurts where he couldn't command it. It was a cold day and he was trying to get a feel for the baseball, but you guys watched it. It wasn't like they banged him around all over the ballpark. He just couldn't get consistent with it. I know he's frustrated because there was a lot longer (of an) outing there potentially today."

Jimenez is 2-1 in five starts versus the Blue Jays with a 4.61 ERA.

Baltimore won in thrilling fashion on Saturday, as David Lough's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning propelled the O's to a 2-1 win. Jonathan Schoop knocked in the other run for the Orioles, who shook off a loss in Friday's opener to win for the fourth time in six overall.

After J.J. Hardy flied out against Todd Redmond (0-1), Steve Lombardozzi stroked a ball into the gap in right center and raced all the way to third. Lough followed by slicing a pitch to left field to plate the winning run.

"It was one of those games where we kept our heads up," Lough said. "I looked in the dugout and we still had energy."

The hit made a winner of Zach Britton (2-0), who tossed two scoreless relief frames.

Colby Rasmus' two-out, homer in the ninth stood as the lone production for the Blue Jays, who have lost two of three.

Baltimore won last year's season series with the Blue Jays by a slim 10-9 margin.

Mark Buehrle (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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