CHICAGO (WSCR) Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd scattered three hits over seven innings and gave up only one earned run. But despite his great performance, the White Sox dropped Wednesday’s series finale to the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1.
Floyd was out-dueled by Texas starter C.J. Wilson.
Chicago put runners on first and third on one-out singles by Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin. Paul Konerko’s RBI single ended the shutout bid, and ended Wilson’s 103-pitch outing.
Reliever Mark Lowe got Alex Rios to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The White Sox threatened again in the eighth with runners on first and third and one out. Lefty Darren Oliver came on to strike out pinch hitter Adam Dunn, and retire Pierre on a forceout.
Brent Morel, the next batter, bounced into a double play.
The Rangers got on the board early, getting their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the third.
Gordon Beckham was the only White Sox player to get at least two hits, and the White Sox left four runners on base and hit into three double plays.
Wilson (5-3) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. The left-hander struck out five.
Neftali Feliz issued consecutive one-out walks in the ninth, but got A.J. Pierzynski to fly out with runners on first and third for his 10th save in 12 chances as Texas took the deciding game of the three-game series.
Wilson gave up a single to Juan Pierre leading off the game, then recorded the next 16 outs before Gordon Beckham’s one-out single in the sixth.
Wilson carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before the White Sox broke through.
Both teams had reasons to be tired.
The game got under way less than 12 hours after the White Sox earned an 8-6 victory in a game that started early Tuesday night and ended at 1:27 Wednesday morning following a rain delay of almost three hours.
Those storms passed through the area, and Wednesday’s game was played under sunny skies.
NOTES: Rangers CF Julio Borbon won’t be cleared to test his tender hamstring until Friday at the earliest. Borbon, on the 15-day DL with left hamstring inflammation, has to run the bases and in the outfield before he can move on to a minor league rehab assignment. Borbon will need at least 20 minor league at-bats before he’s ready to return to the majors. … The White Sox have six starters for what’s traditionally a five-man rotation, and that’s the kind of math that can give a manager headaches. The six-man setup probably will be history when the 10-game road trip ends June 1. The Sox have two days off scheduled in the first two weeks in June. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s not worried about hurting anyone’s feelings when he has to inform one of his pitchers that he’ll be moving to the bullpen. “It’s not about one guy,” Guillen said. “It’s about the ballclub. I have a job to do, and that’s to do what’s best for the team.” … Guillen held Dunn out of the starting lineup despite Dunn’s homer on Tuesday night. Prior to that, Dunn had been in a 3-for-33 slump. … Pierre stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.