TORONTO -- The crowd at the Rogers Centre roared to life in the sixth inning of the Chicago White Sox's 4-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had missed the first three games of the series with a strained right hamstring, but he entered to pinch-hit with two runners on and the Sox holding a two-run lead.
Sox left-hander Jose Quintana didn't flinch.
He worked to a full count, then got Bautista to ground out to end the only real scoring chance the Blue Jays had all game. Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings, and relievers Eric Surkamp and Jake Petricka provided a break from recent bullpen drama by preserving the Sox's first shutout of the season.
After going 1-6 in the first two series of their trip against the Twins and Orioles, the Sox salvaged the end by winning three of four against the Blue Jays.
"I have confidence," Quintana said of facing Bautista. "This is a good moment for the game. I need to get this out, but I can do that."
Quintana (5-7) had pitched at least seven scoreless innings six other times in his career and always received a no decision. That changed with help from right fielder Moises Sierra, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run against his former team, and catcher Tyler Flowers, who delivered a two-run single in the ninth inning.
Quintana allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven as the Sox won their third straight before heading home for a three-game series with the Angels.
"It's a hard road trip for us, a lot of losses," Quintana said. "But winning today is good confidence for the next series when LA starts (Monday)."
Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle took the mound against his former team for just the second time since he left Chicago before the 2012 season. He lasted eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five.
"It's weird facing (Buehrle)," Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "It's weird just seeing him in a different uniform. It never looks right to me, but it's part of the game. ... It's not necessarily something you look forward to or enjoy, but it's a job and you have to go do it."
The Sox opened the scoring in the third when Gordon Beckham hit a two-out, ground-rule double and Jose Abreu singled him home. Sierra, who joined the Sox off waivers from the Blue Jays in May, hit his second home run of the season to left field in the fourth inning.
The Sox padded their lead in the ninth against Sergio Santos after Konerko walked and Sierra doubled with one out. Flowers then hit a two-run single to push the lead to 4-0.
"If you're going to have one good at-bat, that's the time to do it," Flowers said.
Earlier in the game, Flowers said he had forgotten the scouting report on Bautista before pitching coach Don Cooper saved him with a visit to the mound.
"I was freaking out and thought, 'Oh, crap, did Coop come out already?' " Flowers said. "I was ready to start making things up."
Instead they ended the inning, and Quintana brought his ERA to 1.29 over his last three starts.
"It feels good, of all our guys, to give him a win because there have been so many he's deserved that we haven't," Konerko said.
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