Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3

Mark Buehrle found it ”a little crazy” facing the White Sox

for the first time. Still, he kept his cool and shut down his

former team.

Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning,

J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers and the Toronto

Blue Jays topped the White Sox 4-3 on Monday night.

”It was different seeing the Sox uniform in the batter’s box,”

Buehrle said. ”Usually it’s behind me. It’s weird rooting against

those guys. I’ve rooted for them for 13 years and wanted them to

win every game. This is the first game in I don’t know how long

that I’m actually rooting against them.”

Buehrle (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings in his first career start

against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The

left-hander walked two and struck out three. Both runs he allowed

came in the first.

”Once he got through that first inning it kind of became a

clinic on hitting spots, changing speeds,” White Sox manager Robin

Ventura said. ”You’ve seen this his whole career. He’s just a

smart pitcher.”

A four-time All-Star during his 12 seasons with the White Sox

from 2000-11, Buehrle starred for Chicago’s 2005 World Series

championship team, pitched a no-hitter in 2007 and perfect game in

2009.

”He had a tremendous career there,” Blue Jays manager John

Gibbons said. ”He helped, in a lot of ways, make the White Sox

what they are. All those years when they were playing really well,

he was one of the key guys.

Buehrle said facing so many old friends forced him to be more

focused than usual.

”I tried not to take a look at too many guys stepping into the

batter’s box because I knew I’d start laughing or something bad

would happen,” he said. ”I just tried to focus on the glove,

which is not me. Usually I’m out looking around and having

fun.”

Buehrle acknowledged changing up some pitch patterns to keep the

White Sox guessing.

”It seemed like everything was working,” he said. ”J.P.

called a great game and we had a good game plan going in.

Obviously, knowing that they know me, we kind of changed a few

things up.”

Arencibia went deep in the first and Izturis connected to begin

the second as the Blue Jays opened a seven-game homestand with

their third victory in four games.

Esmil Rogers pitched one hitless inning of relief before the

White Sox rallied in the eighth against Aaron Loup. Adam Dunn was

hit by a pitch, went to third on Dayan Viciedo’s double and scored

on a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez. Loup struck out Tyler Flowers

to preserve the one-run lead.

Casey Janssen finished for his fourth save in as many

chances.

Right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-3) remained winless as the slumping

White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Chicago jumped on Buehrle with two in the first as Paul Konerko

and Viciedo hit RBI singles.

Toronto quickly tied it in the bottom half when Emilio Bonifacio

led off with a double, advanced on a passed ball and scored on

Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly. Arencibia followed with a homer that

bounced off the top of the wall in right center, his fourth.

Izturis made it 3-2 with a leadoff drive to right in the bottom

of the second, his second, and the Blue Jays tacked on one more in

the fourth when Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career triple and

scored on Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly.

The White Sox put runners at the corners with two out in the

fifth but Buehrle escaped by fanning Konerko.

”Big situation right there and I just knew I had to make a

pitch,” Buehrle said. ”I know how great a hitter (Konerko)

is.”

Konerko said the experience of facing his teammate of 12 years

wasn’t particularly enjoyable for either one of them.

”I didn’t have much fun with it, and I don’t think he did,

either,” Konerko said. ”But it was a good game, and he pitched

well.”

Toronto chased Floyd in the bottom of the fifth, loading the

bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks. Hector Santiago

came on and got Izturis to ground into an inning-ending double

play.

Floyd allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He

walked three and struck out six.

”The first couple of innings everything was up in the zone and

they didn’t miss,” Ventura said.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting

lineup with a sore back.

NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game to honor

those affected by the bombings in Boston. … Players on both teams

wore uniform number 42 in tribute to Jackie Robinson. … Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes visited a specialist Monday who confirmed that he

won’t need surgery on his sprained left ankle. Reyes is expected to

miss three months. … The Blue Jays placed RHP Sergio Santos

(triceps strain) on the 15-day DL and will activate INF Brett

Lawrie (left ribcage strain) off the 15-day DL on Tuesday. Toronto

also selected RHP Ramon Ortiz from Triple-A Buffalo and designated

OF Casper Wells for assignment. … Promoted from Triple-A

Charlotte Sunday, White Sox infielder Tyler Greene made his season

debut at second base.