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Chi. White Sox (52-59) «010020000361
Detroit (61-49)000000010180

White Sox's Floyd keeps Tigers on skids

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox extended the Tigers' misery by giving baseball's extra-base-hit leaders a taste of their own medicine.

All six of the White Sox hits went for extra bases, including three RBI doubles, as Chicago beat reeling Detroit 3-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Detroit, which had the best record in baseball on July 21, has gone 3-12 since and has lost nine of its last 10.

Gavin Floyd allowed seven singles in six scoreless innings for the White Sox, never allowing a baserunner past second.

"If you're not playing good and you're playing a team that is, you're going to get beat," Leyland said. "We're not very good right now and he was certainly a lot better. He had a little better command of his curveball."

Floyd went 4 2/3 in a no-decision against visiting Detroit July 24, giving up 11 hits, seven runs and five earned runs.

Detroit, which leads the majors with 400 extra-base hits, had only one on Sunday and watched the White Sox win their fourth straight. The Tigers remained a half game behind Cleveland in the AL Central thanks to Minnesota's 1-0 win over the Indians.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said Floyd might stay in the rotation if he fared well against the Tigers, and the right-hander made a strong case for himself.

"If he pitches the way he did today he deserves a shot," Guillen said of Floyd. "He had the proper mental attitude and did what he was supposed to do. He attacked the zone and made the outs when he needed to."

Floyd (1-1) left the game in the seventh after giving up a leadoff single to Mike Rabelo. Relievers Ryan Bukvich and Boone Logan kept Floyd's line clean in the seventh.

"I was able to get my curve over when I needed to and was able to give us a chance to win," said Floyd, who got his first win in the American League. "I hope that I can build on this."

Detroit's Magglio Ordonez homered to dead center off Mike MacDougal in the eighth, his 17th of the year, but Bobby Jenks finished the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances. He's retired 32 straight batters.

Floyd, who started the game with a 10.05 ERA, matched his career-best with six strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Leyland, who hasn't had sparkplug designated hitter Gary Sheffield in the lineup since Aug. 1 and has dealt with many holes in his rotation and bullpen in the last 10 days, said he's pleased with the effort he's seen from his club but added that Detroit has to cope with its biggest slump of the season.

"We're just in a funk right now. You just have to play your way through it," he said. "It really boils down to us not doing things to excite the fans. They're bored right now and I don't blame them.

"The manager's responsible for the performance of the team, and right now I stink."

Detroit right-hander Jordan Tata (1-1) went five innings and gave up all three runs. He walked four in his second major league start.

Tata, who won his first start July 30 in place of Kenny Rogers, ran into trouble in the second when he gave up consecutive doubles to A.J. Pierzynski and Josh Fields. He loaded the bases an inning later but escaped the jam by getting Jim Thome to ground into a double play.

Another set of back-to-back doubles, this time by Jerry Owens and Darin Erstad, brought home Chicago's second and third runs in the fifth. Danny Richar, who walked, came home on Owens' double.

The White Sox, who trail the Central-leading Indians by 10 games, aren't giving up.

"This shows how tough this division really is when you can come in a sweep a team as good as the Tigers," Thome said. "Our offense and pitching are coming around. I hope we can turn it around."

Tigers designated hitter Sean Casey left the game after being hit in the elbow by Floyd in the third, but X-rays showed no serious injury. Casey, who said he hoped he'd be ready to play Monday against Tampa Bay, said there's no magic formula for ending the slump.

"This game's funny," he said. "This is our first bad streak of the year. You'll never see anyone in this room go through the motions, but in all facets of the game we're just not clicking right now."

Detroit reliever Fernando Rodney, who missed more than a month with right shoulder tendinitis, made his first appearance since June 23 and pitched a scoreless eighth.

Notes

  • The game started 12 minutes late due to early morning showers.
  • Leyland said Sheffield's sore right shoulder felt better, but he's still not sure when he'll return.
  • The three-game sweep was Chicago's first in Detroit since April 10-13, 2006.
  • Richar hit his first major league triple in the third inning.
  • Ordonez's homer extended the Tigers' streak of games with an extra-base hit to 71.
 
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Gavin Floyd pleases Ozzie Guillen with six scoreless innings, while striking out six Tigers.  (AP)
Gavin Floyd pleases Ozzie Guillen with six scoreless innings, while striking out six Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF3111110 .251
Darin Erstad, RF3011110 .273
Jim Thome, DH3000101 .276
Paul Konerko, 1B4000001 .270
A.J. Pierzynski, C3110100 .272
Josh Fields, 3B3011011 .242
Scott Podsednik, LF3010002 .265
Juan Uribe, SS2000110 .215
Danny Richar, 2B3110103 .238
Totals2736364  
Batting
2B - Jerry Owens (4, Tata), Darin Erstad (9, Tata), A.J. Pierzynski (17, Tata), Josh Fields (8, Tata), Scott Podsednik (7, Byrdak)
3B - Danny Richar (1, Tata)
SH - Juan Uribe (5)
RBI - Jerry Owens (6), Darin Erstad (23), Josh Fields (31)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Fields-Richar-Konerko
E - Josh Fields (6, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,1-1) 6700060 7.08
Ryan Bukvich (H,4) 0.2000020 3.63
Boone Logan (H,7) 0.1000000 4.81
Mike MacDougal (H,14) 1111011 6.48
Bobby Jenks (S,32) 1000020 3.10
HBP - Casey (by Gavin Floyd)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 99-61, Ryan Bukvich 11-7, Boone Logan 3-2, Mike MacDougal 11-7, Bobby Jenks 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 4-7, Boone Logan 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 25, Ryan Bukvich 2, Boone Logan 1, Mike MacDougal 4, Bobby Jenks 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4010001 .297
Placido Polanco, 2B4020001 .346
Sean Casey, DH1000011 .293
   a- Craig Monroe, PH-DH2000010 .222
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111023 .347
Carlos Guillen, SS4020010 .310
Ryan Raburn, LF4010002 .357
Mike Rabelo, C4010011 .286
Mike Hessman, 1B4000032 .179
Brandon Inge, 3B3000021 .242
Totals34181011  
a-grounded out for Casey in the 6th
Batting
HR - Magglio Ordonez (17, MacDougal)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (92)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (30)
SB - Curtis Granderson (14, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Carlos Guillen (10, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Ryan Raburn (2, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1, Ryan Raburn 1
DP - Raburn-Polanco, Polanco-Guillen-Hessman, Inge-Polanco-Hessman, Inge-Polanco-Hessman, Granderson-Guillen
Detroit Tigers
Jordan Tata (L,1-1) 5533420 3.75
Tim Byrdak 2100120 3.55
Fernando Rodney 1000100 5.22
Bobby Seay 1000000 2.93
IBB - Thome by Jordan Tata, Uribe by Tim Byrdak
HBP - Fields (by Jordan Tata), Podsednik (by Bobby Seay)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Tata 79-43, Tim Byrdak 35-24, Fernando Rodney 14-6, Bobby Seay 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Tata 4-6, Tim Byrdak 2-2, Fernando Rodney 1-1, Bobby Seay 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Tata 22, Tim Byrdak 8, Fernando Rodney 3, Bobby Seay 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39778
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Tschida