"I felt strong, and I made some quality pitches. The line doesn't dictate how I felt I threw today," said Buehrle. "J.P. and I are working well together, starting to feel each other out a little bit,"
The veteran left-hander went seven strong innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and a walk, and recording a season-high seven strikeouts.
The only real blemish on Saturday afternoon was a full-count changeup in the second inning that Vernon Wells drilled for a solo home run into the left-field bleachers.
"[It's] the one pitch I wanted back on the entire evening," Buehrle said. "It was 3-2. I'm trying to make a pitch not to walk him, but at the same time, making a quality pitch to make him put it in play."
Other than that, the 34-year-old avoided big hits, scattering the other seven he surrendered throughout the start.
His line would've looked better had it not been for a misplay by Brett Lawrie in the field that allowed two runners to score.
"Obviously I'm going to give up hits, I'm usually among the league leaders in hits allowed, but I made some key pitches with guys on base," Buehrle said. "I think I threw a better game than the results showed."
Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.