TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle pitched eight shutout innings to reach 200 innings for the 14th consecutive season, Ryan Goins drove in the only run of the game and the Toronto Blue Jays pushed Seattle closer to playoff elimination, beating the slumping Mariners 1-0 Wednesday night.
Buehrle (13-10) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out 10, one shy of his season high. He left to his second standing ovation of the night after Chris Taylor's leadoff single in the ninth.
Aaron Sanchez came on and picked off pinch runner James Jones, then got the final two outs for his third save in as many chances. The game was played in a brisk 1 hour, 59 minutes.
The Mariners lost their fifth straight and have dropped nine of 12. Seattle had inched closer in the wild card race when Oakland lost to the Angels Wednesday afternoon, but the defeat dropped them three games back with four to play.
Buehrle had 194 innings on the season coming in, and reached 200 by striking out Dustin Ackley looking for the final out of the sixth. Country music played as Buehrle's achievement was noted on the scoreboard, and the crowd of 16,836 rose for a standing ovation. Buehrle accepted congratulations from his teammates before coming out of the dugout for a brief curtain call.
"It's very rare," manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle's streak before the game. "It tells you that he stays healthy and keeps you in games. He's a pretty special guy, on and off the field. We could use a few more of him."
Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Gaylord Perry each had 14 consecutive seasons of 200 innings or more from 1966 to 1980, but both pitchers saw their streaks snapped by the 1981 player's strike.
Buehrle retired the first six batters in order before Corey Hart led off the third with a ground rule double that bounced on the right field foul line and into the seats. Gibbons came out to challenge but the call stood. Hart went to third on Taylor's one-out fly ball, but Austin Jackson was caught looking to end the inning.
Mariners rookie Taijuan Walker (2-3) pitched his first career complete game, ending Seattle's four-game streak of starting pitchers failing to complete five innings. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six.
The Blue Jays didn't put a runner in scoring position through the first seven innings, and still hadn't when they broke the deadlock in the eighth. Kawasaki drew a one-out walked and scored from first when Goins dropped a bloop single in front of Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson.
Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (3-2) will face Blue Jays LHP Daniel Norris (0-0) in Thursday's series finale. Norris will be making his first major league start, while Wilhelmsen is coming out of the bullpen to make his second start of the season. He replaces RHP Chris Young, who was dropped from Seattle's rotation after going 0-3 with a 8.35 ERA in his previous five starts.