CHICAGO — The Toronto Blue Jays lead the major leagues in runs scored by a wide margin. However, they had to eke out a win in a low-scoring game Tuesday night.
Felix Doubront pitched into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and Josh Donaldson homered to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
"We're used to slugfests," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "It was nice to play a game like that and come out on top."
Doubront (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was his first start in the majors since last Sept. 20 when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Roberto Osuna worked out of a ninth-inning jam to get the last three outs for his fourth save.
"I'm so blessed to be here again and have the opportunity with this team," Doubront said. "I was giving them everything and I tried to help the team win. That's the main goal."
A night after the marquee matchup of Chris Sale and Mark Buehrle, few expected Doubront and Chicago starter Jose Quintana to follow suit, but that's precisely what happened.
"Doubront was great tonight," Gibbons said. "Just like Buehrle was and their two guys were."
Quintana (4-8) lost despite allowing just two runs and four hits in eight innings. He struck out eight —including five straight during the fourth and fifth innings — and retired 10 straight batters in one stretch.
It was Quintana's eighth straight start allowing three runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings, but he is just 2-3 during that stretch.
"They have a lot of guys that can go deep and battle you and they come out swinging," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the Blue Jays. "For what Q did, it was a good job. He battled all the way and really deserves better."
Donaldson led off the fourth inning with his 21st homer to break a 1-1 tie. He homered for the second straight game and has six in five games against the White Sox this season.
Toronto's other run came in the first inning when shortstop Jose Reyes manufactured a run to put the Blue Jays on top. He led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out by Jose Bautista.
The White Sox tied the score in the second inning. Gordon Beckham doubled with two out and Carlos Sanchez drove him in with a single to left field.
KEEP IT MOVING
Tuesday night's game was a quick 2-hour, 33-minute affair, which followed Monday's game that finished in 1:54.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Chicago starters have a 1.84 earned-run average with 12 quality starts over their last 13 at home. That's part of a strong staff that could give Chicago reason for optimism in the second half. "You are seeing the pitching," Ventura said.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (lat strain) threw two innings in the Florida Gulf Coast League on Tuesday. "He gave up a couple of runs," manager John Gibbons said. "He felt good." Sanchez has been out since June 5 and the plan is for him to make a few more appearances and built to a starter's workload.
White Sox: RHP Matt Albers (right pinky finger) threw an inning of scoreless relief Monday during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Albers suffered the fracture during Chicago's April 23 brawl with Kansas City.
Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23 ERA) looks to bounce back from a poor outing (five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings) last Friday at Detroit.
White Sox: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) snapped a four-game losing streak in his last outing with seven shutout innings against Baltimore.
John Jackson, The Associated Press