TORONTO — Lefthander Mark Buehrle pitched 6 1/3 innings to earn the win as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated his former team, the Chicago White Sox, 4-3 on Monday before a crowd of 15,755 at Rogers Centre.
Buehrle (1-0), who pitched for 12 seasons with the White Sox before going to the Miami Marlins last year, held his former team to two runs, nine hits and two walks. He struck out three.
It was the first time he had pitched against the White Sox (5-8), and it was his first victory in his third start for the Blue Jays, who obtained him in an offseason trade.
J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis homered for the Blue Jays (6-7) against right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-3), who allowed nine hits, four runs and three walks while striking out six in 4 1/3 innings.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Buehrle left to an ovation after a one-out walk to Alejandro De Aza in the seventh. Right-hander Esmil Rogers came in to finish the inning.
He left with a 4-2 lead but the White Sox cut the lead to one against left-hander Aaron Loup, who entered the game with one out in the eighth. He hit Adam Dunn with a pitch, gave up a double to Dayan Viciedo, his third hit of the game, and a sacrifice fly to Alexei Ramirez.
Edwin Encarnacion had three singles for the Blue Jays and Adam Lind had two hits including a double and also had a walk.
Each team scored two runs in the first inning. Jeff Keppinger and Alex Rios singled for the White Sox and scored on singles by Paul Konerko and Viciedo.
The Blue Jays answered with a double by Emilio Bonifacio, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Melky Cabrera and a home run by Arencibia, his fourth of the season. The Blue Jays had a chance to score more after an infield single by Encarnacion and a double by Lind, but Floyd struck out Mark DeRosa and Colby Rasmus.
Izturis led off the Blue Jays’ second with his second homer of the season. Toronto took a 4-2 lead in the fourth after Munenori Kawasaki tripled to left center with one out and came home on Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly to the warning track in right. Kawasaki was promoted from Class AAA Buffalo after shortstop Jose Reyes suffered a sprained ankle on Friday.
Left-hander Hector Santiago induced a double-play grounder from Izturis to end the fifth after he took over from Floyd with one out.
NOTES: Blue Jays’ right fielder Jose Bautista did not start because of a sore back but is expected to return on Tuesday or Wednesday. After Reyes suffered a severely sprained ankle on Friday at Kansas City Bautista moved to third base for the rest of the series. … The Blue Jays designated for assignment outfielder Casper Wells and called up right-hander Ramon Ortiz. … White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will undergo surgery Tuesday morning at the Cleveland Clinic to repair a hamate bone fracture of his left hand. He suffered the injury on April 9 at Washington and could miss up to six weeks. … White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has returned to Chicago to continue his recovery from diverticulitis. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen will serve as pitching coach for the rest of the trip with Mark Salas handling the bullpen with pitching coordinator Curt Hasler assisting. … Right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 5.79 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the White Sox on Tuesday with Toronto going with right-hander Josh Johnson (0-1, 11.05 ERA).