Floyd Pitches White Sox Past Rangers 10-0
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CHICAGO (AP) – Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox romped past the Texas Rangers 10-0 Sunday.
Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Rangers and finished a nine-game homestand at 5-4. The White Sox had their first winning homestand since June 3-12.
Floyd (11-10) coasted with a big lead. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked one. He left after giving up a leadoff hit in the eighth.
The Rangers have dropped three of four after winning the first six games on their 10-game road trip.
Derek Holland (11-5) lost for the first time in five decisions since the All-Star break. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup after he injured his left shoulder making a diving catch during Saturday night’s win. X-rays came back negative and an MRI result showed a sprain. He was listed as day-to-day.
After Juan Pierre reached on an infield single in the White Sox third, Lillibridge followed with his shot to left field. It was Lillibridge’s 11th home run, matching slumping slugger Adam Dunn’s output in 197 fewer at-bats. Dunn has been sitting against left-handers in favor of Lillibridge.
After Holland issued back-to-back walks with two outs, Alejandro De Aza split the gap in the left-center for a two-run double that put the White Sox ahead 4-0.
Chicago added on in the fourth. Gordon Beckham broke an 0-for-14 slump with a single and Lillibridge chased Holland with a single. Paul Konerko greeted reliever Scott Feldman with an RBI single, leaving him one hit shy of 2,000 for his career.
Pierre added a two-run single with the bases loaded off Feldman in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.
Rios homered in the eighth.
Josh Hamilton was given the day off by manager Ron Washington, despite being 6 for 10 lifetime against Floyd. Hamilton is hitting .173 in day games this year and .339 at night.
Floyd pitched around an error by Lillibridge in the second inning. Floyd had Mike Napoli picked off, but Lillibridge missed Floyd’s throw at first. The ball bounced off the camera well fence and Napoli went into third. Floyd stranded Napoli at third by striking out Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba.
Along with giving up a two-run home run to Rios in the eighth, Feldman gave up an RBI single to De Aza.
Rangers manager Ron Washington stayed with Feldman for the rest of game, despite giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of relief.
NOTES: After an off-day Monday, the White Sox begin a five-game road trip against the Angels on Tuesday. LHP Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start for the White Sox. Buehrle is 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA in his last five starts. … The Rangers begin a four-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. LHP C.J. Wilson, Monday’s scheduled starter, is 5-1 with a 3.99 ERA in 12 starts at home this season. … Texas 3B Adrian Beltre (left hamstring) will see Dr. Keith Meister on Monday. Texas hopes he will be cleared to resume running the bases.
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