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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark Buehrle fired seven innings of shutout baseball to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-0 win Friday as Toronto won for the third straight time.

Buehrle and the Blue Jays held Texas to just five hits and never let a Rangers baserunner reach third base.

The Toronto left-hander didn't need much offense against a slumping Rangers lineup, but he got plenty of firepower from the middle of his lineup. Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia belted fourth-inning home runs as Toronto's third through sixth hitters went 7-for-14 with five runs and five RBIs. In all, the Blue Jays collected seven extra-base hits against Justin Grimm and Kyle McClellan.

Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two doubles that ignited the Blue Jays offensive barrage.

The punchless Rangers got something going in the second inning when Adrian Beltre singled and Nelson Cruz walked, but Buehrle got a flyout and a double play to end the inning.

The Rangers have gone 13 straight games with less than 10 hits, the worst stretch of offense since the beginning of the 1988 season.

The Rangers now have lost four straight -- their longest skid of the season. During this streak, they have grounded into nine double plays and struck out 25 times. They're hitting a meager 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Toronto, meanwhile, is now 18-17 since going 10-17 in April when shortstop Jose Reyes and starting pitcher Josh Johnson went down with injuries.

NOTES: Lind has 11 multi-hit games in his last 17 starts. ... The Rangers entered the game averaging just three runs a game in June, ahead of Houston and Seattle. They're only giving their starters 2.23 runs of support, the worst mark in the majors. ... The Rangers announced that RHP Alec Asher and OF Teodoro Martinez were named the organization's minor league pitcher and hitter of the month of May. ... LHP Ricky Romero threw six shutout innings with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate Buffalo on Friday.
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