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ChiSox's Floyd flirts with no-hitter vs. Tigers, has to settle for win

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CHICAGO -- Gavin Floyd's concentration was on pitching, little else, when someone near the dugout let him know what was going on. He was working on a no-hitter.

"Not until like maybe the fifth inning. I didn't realize," Floyd said. "I was just trying to lock in with the mitt and some fan was like, 'Yeah, you got a no-hitter going.' And I was like, 'Oh, thanks.'"

Floyd lost the no-hit bid when Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth, but the Chicago White Sox and their promising 25-year-old righty wound up beating the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Saturday.

"For two years I felt like I was pitching in somebody else's body and just kind of now I feel comfortable," said Floyd, a 2001 first-round draft pick of the Phillies.

"I could care less about the no-hitter. I was just trying to go out there and throw strikes and get people out and that's all I was focused on."

Floyd (2-0) had never pitched more than seven innings in the majors. He left the game after Renteria's hit on his 107th pitch, and exited to a standing ovation from the rain-soaked crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

Floyd, whose career with the Phillies never took off, struck out four and walked four in 7 1/3 innings on a 39-degree day.

"It's still early. He's only had two starts, but you can see a different demeanor about him. The way he carries himself, the way he walks around the mound, the way he walks around clubhouse," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.

"You can see he has confidence and he believes he belongs here."

Renteria hit a 1-1 pitch on a line to right-center and the ball fell well in front of right fielder Jermaine Dye. Floyd came close nearly one year after Chicago's Mark Buehrle pitched a no-hitter on the same field against Texas.

"The guy I was worried about is the guy who got it and he's such a good hitter, such a tough out," Pierzynski said of Renteria. "He is so hard to pitch to because he can do what he did. The ball is inside and he hit a line drive to right center."

Floyd began the day with a 9-10 career record and a 6.24 ERA. He's been especially effective against the Tigers, who have one of the AL's best lineups.

Floyd is now 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts against Detroit since last September. He is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against other teams in that span.

After Floyd left, Scott Linebrink relieved and got Ivan Rodriguez to hit into an inning-ending double play. The White Sox turned three double plays in dropping Detroit to 2-9, the worst record in the majors.

"When he missed, he was effectively wild," Detroit's Brandon Inge said. "The ones he might have slipped a little bit were up and in on guys. That makes it difficult to stay in on his very good breaking ball."

Reliever Bobby Jenks allowed an infield single in the ninth for Detroit's only other hit.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead off Justin Verlander (0-2) on Orlando Cabrera's first home run for the White Sox, a solo shot in the third.

In the eighth, Verlander beaned Cabrera in the helmet and the White Sox went on to score six more runs.

"It's scary, throwing the ball and hitting guys in the head. By no means did I mean to do it," Verlander said. "I didn't have a feel for the ball in that inning and things like that happen. I was glad to see he was all right."

Cabrera was checked out by a doctor after the game and was given a clean bill.

After falling to the ground when the ball hit him near the left ear flap, Cabrera got to his feet and stayed in the game. Jim Thome singled to load the bases and Verlander hit Paul Konerko with another pitch to force in a run. One out later, Pierzynski delivered a two-run single to finish Verlander.

Carlos Quentin greeted reliever Francis Beltran with an RBI single and Juan Uribe followed with a two-run single to make it 7-0.

Floyd, the fourth overall player picked in 2001, made his 31st major league start. He got an extra day's rest this week because of a rainout.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Floyd was acquired from Philadelphia for Freddy Garcia and Gio Gonzalez in December 2006. He made 10 starts for Chicago last season when he split time between the majors and Triple-A.

Verlander allowed four hits and was charged with six runs in 7 2/3 innings. He fell to 1-6 against the White Sox in his career, including 0-4 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Notes

  • The infield became a quagmire by the bottom of the eighth from the steady rain.
  • Tigers 1B Carlos Guillen strained his right hamstring running to first base Friday night and was out of the lineup Saturday, with Miguel Cabrera moving from third to first. Cabrera made his first major league start at first.
 
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Gavin Floyd, who had never pitched more than seven innings, has a no-no broken up in the eighth.   (AP)
Gavin Floyd, who had never pitched more than seven innings, has a no-no broken up in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 7.1
H 1
ER 0
BB 4
K 4
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas, CF2000210 .435
Placido Polanco, 2B3000002 .154
   a- Ramon Santiago, PH1000001 .400
Gary Sheffield, DH3000101 .167
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000012 .244
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000010 .167
Jacque Jones, LF3000010 .208
Edgar Renteria, SS3010000 .244
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000001 .195
Brandon Inge, 3B2010100 .306
Totals2602044  
a-grounded out for Polanco in the 9th
Batting
SB - Clete Thomas (2, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Gary Sheffield (2, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 3
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,0-2) 7.2466431 6.52
Francis Beltran 0.1211100 7.36
HBP - Cabrera (by Justin Verlander), Konerko (by Justin Verlander)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 115-68, Francis Beltran 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-15
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 33, Francis Beltran 4
Chicago White Sox
Nick Swisher, CF4100112 .226
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .250
Orlando Cabrera, SS3211000 .194
Jim Thome, DH3110110 .158
Paul Konerko, 1B1101201 .194
Jermaine Dye, RF4000005 .342
A.J. Pierzynski, C4122001 .438
Carlos Quentin, LF4111002 .276
Joe Crede, 3B3000101 .333
Juan Uribe, 2B4012010 .176
Totals3076753  
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (5, Verlander)
HR - Orlando Cabrera (1, Verlander)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (4), Paul Konerko (6), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (9), Carlos Quentin (10), Juan Uribe 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (4), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4), Carlos Quentin (5), Juan Uribe 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko, Crede-Uribe-Konerko, Linebrink-Cabrera-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,2-0) 7.1100440 2.03
Scott Linebrink (H,4) 0.2000000 1.93
Bobby Jenks 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 107-64, Bobby Jenks 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 8-8, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 25, Scott Linebrink 1, Bobby Jenks 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29649
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 39
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - James Hoye