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White Sox beat Blue Jays behind Quintana

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TORONTO -- According to Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, left-hander Jose Quintana was on his game Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

Quintana pitched seven shutout innings while holding the Toronto Blue Jays to just three hits as the White Sox extended their win streak to three games with a 4-0 win.

"If he can get ahead and stay there, mix speeds, like he did today, he's tough," Ventura said. "He was moving it around on both sides of the plate. It was a well pitched game."

A third-inning RBI by designated hitter Jose Abreu and a fourth-inning solo home run from right fielder Moises Sierra was all the offense Quintana needed.

Quintana (5-7) struck out seven while walking two. He now has back-to-back wins after snapping a four-start winless skid last Tuesday.

"I try to keep going, throw all my pitches, both sides. It's the big reason for the last couple good starts," Quintana said.

Right-hander Jake Petricka and left-hander Eric Surkamp each pitched an inning of relief in the win.

Quintanna's counterpart, Mark Buehrle (10-5), making only his second career start against his former team, went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.

Buehrle is now 0-4 in his last five to match his longest losing streak since a four-game stretch from June 1-19, 2012 while a member of the Miami Marlins.

"Obviously we got guys hurt, we don't have our main lineup in there," Buehrle said. "I've always said that's going to be the challenge when guys get hurt, when guys go down, the guys just filling in, see how good a job we can do to try and win games and piece together some runs."

The loss dropped the Jays (45-39) to 3-4 on their current nine-game home stand while the White Sox (39-44) concluded their 11-game road trip 4-7.

With Sergio Santos on in relief in the ninth, the White Sox added to their lead.

First baseman Paul Konerko reached on a one-out walk, then Sierra doubled to left.

With two outs, catcher Tyler Flowers drove in Konerko and Sierra with a line drive to center field, giving the visitors a four-run cushion.

"They basically attacked us and we couldn't doing anything," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.?"I thought we were definitely flat today and I haven't seen that all year."

Konerko finished 1-for-3 with a single up the middle in the second inning off his former teammate.

"I don't like it. I'll be honest, I'm glad it's over," Konerko said of facing Buehrle. "I mean whether I get a hit or make an out, I don't really enjoy any of it. He just doesn't look right in another uniform. Even when I watch him on TV or see him on the highlights or something, it doesn't look right."

Santos allowed two earned runs on two hits while walking one in the one inning of work.

The White Sox got on the board in the third, following Gordon Beckham's ground-rule double, Abreu singled to left to score the second baseman.

With the single, Abreu extended his hitting streak to a season-high, and career-best, 14 games.

The White Sox added to their lead in the fourth as Sierra took Buehrle's 1-0 offering deep to left for his second home run of the season.

Sierra had a chance to add to the White Sox lead with two outs in the sixth, with shortstop Alexei Ramirez on at third, but grounded out to end the inning.

Toronto threatened in the bottom half of the sixth. Shortstop Jose Reyes got things started with a one-out double to left field. It was just the third hit of the afternoon for the Jays, and first extra-base hit. Following a two-out walk to DH Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista pinch-hit for catcher Dioner Navarro, but grounded out into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Flowers admitted that neither he nor Quintana were prepared to face Bautista on Sunday.

"I was talking to him to see if he could remember the scouting report on him cause I knew he was hurt," Flowers said. "I went over them the first day, but I hadn't recapped. So I went out there and asked him 'so what do we got?' I really couldn't remember and I was about to wave Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) out and he was already coming.

"From that point we just kind of went over the scouting report, but before that I was kind of freaking out, I was like 'oh ... did Coop already make a visit this inning?' cause if he did, we might be making some stuff up."

NOTES: Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista (left hamstring) was available to pinch hit Sunday after missing six straight games. Bautista believes he can DH on Tuesday if he feels no ill-effects. ... Toronto OF Melky Cabrera was given the day off and was replaced by LF Darin Mastroianni. ... White Sox CF Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 21 of 22 games entering Sunday's game. ... Chicago LHP Jose Quintana entered his start 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays. ... Toronto has Monday off before starting a two-game set against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. ... Chicago returns home to start a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
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