Mark Buehrle will put his undefeated road record on the line when the Blue Jays visit the Orioles for the opener of a four-game series on Thursday.
The veteran left-hander's 10 wins lead the Major Leagues, and he's 5-0 in road starts this season. He's 8-8 with a 3.31 ERA in 20 career starts against the O's.
Buehrle has been a model of consistency on the mound for the Blue Jays through 13 starts. The 35-year-old was handed a rare loss in his last outing despite pitching his 11th quality start of the season. He went seven innings and allowed one earned run as the Blue Jays fell to St. Louis, 5-0, on Saturday.
He's not one to read too much into statistics or standings, so that the Blue Jays' offense has been relatively quiet the past five games isn't of great concern.
"We go out there and win a few games, try to win a series, that's how we have to go from here on out," said Buehrle. "Not really a scoreboard watcher or look at what other teams are doing, just go out there and try to take care of ourself. Hopefully we're at first place at the end of the year, but we have a long way to go."
Kevin Gausman will make his second straight start for Baltimore in place of injured pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.
The 23-year-old right-hander impressed as he picked up his first career win as a starter Saturday, overpowering the A's with six strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball.
This could be Gausman's last start for the time being with Gonzalez nearing a return, although manager Buck Showalter wouldn't rule out a six-man rotation or moving the former first-round pick to the bullpen.
"If he pitches next time like he pitched last time, I view him as a starter," Showalter said.
Blue Jays: Offense slumping
The Blue Jays have boasted one of the most productive offenses in 2014. But, like any other team, they're prone to a cold stretch, and they find themselves in the midst of one.
Entering Wednesday, the Blue Jays had been shut out in three of their past four contests, something that hasn't happened since 1990. They were facing a fourth shutout in five games (the only time that previously happened in franchise history was May 13-17, 1981) before scoring two runs in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Twins.
"We need to get the bats going," said manager John Gibbons. "Let's face it. You gotta score to win. We're that kind of team, that's how we're built."
Despite their recent stumble, the Blue Jays still sit atop of the American League East and lead the AL in hits, home runs, OPS and extra-base hits.
Orioles: Gonzalez makes rehab start
Gonzalez threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Bowie. He allowed four hits and a walk with five strikeouts and could rejoin the O's as soon as Monday.
That means Baltimore could go to a six-man rotation if Gausman pitches well Thursday.
"It's something we can do," Showalter said. "That'd be a good problem."
• The Blue Jays begin a 10-game road trip with Thursday's game in Baltimore.
• Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos began his rehab assignment at New Hampshire on Tuesday and pitched one inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
• Showalter moved Manny Machado to the No. 7 hole in the Orioles' lineup and slid Steve Pearce to No. 2.
Machado entered Wednesday hitless in his last 15 at-bats. Pearce entered Wednesday's game with a .314/.352/.523 slash line in 86 at-bats this season.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.