CHICAGO — Winning and losing usually determines whether a player enjoys a particular game or not. Despite a loss, Mark Buehrle couldn't stop smiling about the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-2 defeat to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
His matchup with former teammate and pupil Chris Sale was that special.
"It was a blast," Buehrle said. "Hopefully, we gave the fans what they came for."
Sale's bid for a record strikeout streak ended, but he pitched a six-hitter to lead the White Sox in the fastest major league game in almost four years.
Sale (7-4) had struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight starts, matching the major league mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999.
The White Sox ace fanned six in a complete game, outpitching Buehrle (9-5), who also went the distance.
"With the stuff he has, he should dominate guys. If I had that, I feel like I'd strike out 20 every game," Buehrle said of Sale with a laugh. "No, he's outstanding. Everybody knew coming into it knew it was going to be a low-scoring game."
There were no walks in a game that took only 1 hour, 54 minutes. It was the speediest big league game since Tampa Bay and Kansas City took 1:53 on Aug. 9, 2011, STATS said.
All of Chicago's runs were unearned. An error by shortstop Jose Reyes leading off the eighth helped the White Sox score three times and overcome a 2-1 deficit.
"I need to make that play," Reyes said. "The ball didn't do anything. It was right to me. That have to be out right there. That's why we lost the game."
Sale began the game pitching more like Buehrle, getting five outs on groundballs in the first two innings. In fact, Sale allowed a homer — a solo shot to Colabello leading off the third inning — before recording his first strikeout when he got Devon Travis looking for the second out in the third.
The Blue Jays, the top-scoring team in the majors, were aggressive at the plate and didn't work many deep counts, opting to put the ball in play before getting two strikes.
Chicago tied the score at 1 in the fourth inning with an assist from the Toronto defense. Melky Cabrera singled with one out and advanced to third base when Avisail Garcia followed with another single.
Right fielder Jose Bautista decided to throw to first base behind Garcia, who didn't take a particularly wide turn around the bag. The ball bounced away from Colabello and rolled far enough away to allow Cabrera to score on Bautista's first error of the season.
Donaldson hit his 20th homer in the sixth.
Buehrle had retired nine straight batters before Reyes committed an error on Gordon Beckham's routine grounder to start the eighth.
Buehrle retired the next two batters, but then the White Sox put together three straight hits. Jose Abreu tied it with an RBI single and Cabrera followed with a two-run double.
Sale was happy to trade the potential record for the win. "I'll take this outcome over that any day," he said.
Blue Jays: RHP Roberto Osuna, who felt discomfort on the lower right side of his back on Sunday against Detroit, reported no lingering problem on Monday.
White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (Tommy John surgery) threw a simulated game at U.S. Cellular Field and likely will begin a rehab assignment this week. "Nate looked great," manager Robin Ventura said. "Velocity-wise, he could probably go pitch now."
The second of the four-game series is Tuesday night. LHP Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will make his first start (and second appearance) for the Blue Jays this season. The White Sox counter with LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81), who has made seven straight quality starts.