Blue Jays’ Reyes earns first win since 2008

On Monday night a Major League Baseball pitcher earned his first win in three years.

May 30, 2011 -- On Monday night, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes (1-4) won his first game since June 13, 2008, pitching nine innings in an 11-1 rout of the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre in Toronto. He allowed just one run (in the top of the fourth inning) and struck out four batters.

By winning, Reyes avoided setting the all-time record for the most consecutive starts without a victory. But he remains in the record books, tied with Cliff Curtis of the Boston Braves (1910-11), and Matt Keough of the Oakland A’s (1978-79), both of whom also went winless over the course of 28 starts.

Coming into tonight’s game Reyes’ career record stood at 5-19 with a 6.04 career ERA. He had two starts this season in which he worked at least six innings while giving up one run, and on May 20 he worked seven scoreless innings against the Houston Astros but didn’t get the run support needed to get a victory.