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 Blue Jays topped the White Sox, 4-3, Monday night in Toronto.
‘‘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 6⅓ innings in his first career start against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The lefthander walked two and struck out three. Both runs he allowed came in the first.
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 had a perfect game in 2009.
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.
Righthander Gavin Floyd (0-3) remained winless as the slumping White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup with a sore back.
Reds 4, Phillies 2 — Brandon Phillips drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning and host Cincinnati ended a five-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia.
Cincinnati’s five-game slide matched its longest slump from last season, when it won the NL Central.
The Reds still didn’t hit much, but lefthander Cliff Lee helped them by letting in a run on a wild pitch in the seventh. Todd Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Bronson Arroyo (2-1) gave up Chase Utley’s pinch two-run homer in the eighth, but Cincinnati rallied against the Philadelphia bullpen. The Reds loaded the bases against Jeremy Horst (0-1), and Phillips singled off Mike Adams to break the tie.
Aroldis Chapman nailed down his third save.
Nationals 10, Marlins 3 — Jordan Zimmermann pitched a six-hitter for his third victory of the season, and Washington bounced back from a humbling weekend to crush host Miami.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run and had four RBIs to lead a 16-hit outburst. Zimmermann (3-0) struck out six, walked one, and threw 102 pitches in his second career complete game.
The Nationals were outscored, 18-5, while being swept in a three-game series at home against Atlanta. They took out lingering frustration on the Marlins (2-11).
Zimmermann retired the first 10 batters, and the score was 8-0 before Miami had a base runner.
Twins 8, Angels 2 — Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for Minnesota in a victory over Los Angeles on a cold, windy night in Minneapolis that helped send several fly balls to the deepest parts of Target Field.
Kevin Correia (1-1) earned his first American League win after finishing seven innings for the third time in as many starts with the Twins, getting two double-play grounders to help him limit the Angels to solo home runs by Peter Bourjos and former Twins utility infielder Brendan Harris.
Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was battered again for nine hits, one walk, and four runs in 4⅔ innings.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 6 — Jon Jay and Matt Holliday each had two hits and two RBIs as visiting St. Louis jumped on Pittsburgh early in a win.
Allen Craig doubled and drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who knocked around James McDonald (1-2) with a seven-run second inning. McDonald gave up eight runs, three earned, and walked two in 1⅓ innings, his shortest start ever.
Lance Lynn (2-0) labored through five innings to get the win. Lynn allowed four runs, walked three, and struck out four.
Starling Marte had three hits and Neil Walker homered for the Pirates.
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The Rockies-Mets game Monday night in Denver was postponed by a heavy spring snowstorm.
The teams will play a split-doubleheader Tuesday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m. local time. The nightcap is set to start at 6:40, as previously scheduled.
Weather forecasts call for additional snow Tuesday.
It was the Mets’ second straight postponement. Wintry conditions in Minneapolis on Sunday forced New York’s game against the Twins to be called off. It was rescheduled for Aug. 19.