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Buehrle, Blue Jays defeat White Sox 4-3

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TORONTO -- Former White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle had the upper hand against his former team on Monday night, providing a vintage Buehrle start over 6 1/3 innings and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory at the Rogers Centre.

Winning for the first time as a Jay after two subpar outings that resulted in no-decisions, Buehrle started slow but finished well to hand the Sox their sixth loss in seven games on their current road trip.

J.P. Arencibia and Macier Izturis each hit home runs against Sox starter Gavin Floyd (0-3), who could not finish the fifth inning. Floyd gave up nine hits, including five for extra bases.

Paul Konerko had three battles with his former teammate Buehrle, winning the first, tying the second and losing the third. Konerko singled sharply to left field in the first, driving in a run to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. The single was the visitors' third in a row, following Jeff Keppinger and Alex Rios. With two outs, Dayan Viciedo broke an 0-for-12 streak with a broken-bat single to left that scored Rios from second to make it 2-0.

After the Jays (6-7) went in front 4-2 by scoring two in the first, one in the second and one in the fourth against Floyd, the Sox (5-8) put Buehrle into a jam in the fifth. Tyler Greene, playing his first game for the Sox since being called up from AAA Charlotte, singled for the second time in as many at-bats before leadoff man Alejandro De Aza singled to put runners at first and second. But Keppinger rolled into a double plaly, and after Rios walked, Buehrle struck out Konerko on a 3-2 pitch.

Buehrle, making his third start for the Jays and first career start against the Sox after 12 years in Chicago and one with the Marlins, left in the seventh with one out and one runner on base to a standing ovation from a crowd of 15,755.

Viciedo got out of his slump with a 3-for-4 night but Tyler Flowers, went 0-for-4 and has one hit in 28 at-bats. Ventura has tried to get Flowers going offensively the last two days, first with a hit-and-run attempt that backfired Sunday in Cleveland and Monday giving him the green light on a 3-0 pitch with a runner on first and two outs in the sixth. Flowers popped to short right against Buehrle on that one.
Flowers had a chance to tie the score in the eighth after Alexei Ramirez's sacrifice fly made it 4-3. With pinch runner Dewayne Wise on third and two outs, Flowers struck out on three pitches against lefty Aaron Loup.

Casey Janssen pitched a perfect ninth for the save. He struck out pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie and De Aza and got Keppinger on a grounder to short.

Buehrle gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out three.

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