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White Sox 3, Indians 0

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CLEVELAND -- Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and the Chicago White Sox are excited to be back in the AL Central race.

Floyd allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings and Quentin hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give the White Sox a key 3-0 division victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

"These are formidable opponents and we're looking to play well against them," Quentin said after the White Sox opened a stretch of six straight games against Cleveland and Detroit -- the two teams ahead of them in the standings.

Floyd (8-9) earned his second straight win after going 0-4 over six previous starts. The right-hander struck out five and didn't issue a walk for the first time in 19 starts.

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"I will enjoy it tonight, but then it is back to work tomorrow," Floyd said. "We have a lot of big games coming up."

Floyd got help from a resurgent Chicago bullpen. Sergio Santos, the second reliever used by manager Ozzie Guillen, struck out Matt LaPorta on a pitch in the dirt with a runner on second in the ninth for his 19th save in 22 chances.

Matt Thornton replaced Floyd with runners on second and third in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Orlando Cabrera drove his first pitch toward the gap in left-center, but left fielder Juan Pierre made a running catch near the warning track to end Cleveland's best scoring threat.

Thornton gave up a single to Michael Brantley in the ninth, then struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and got Travis Hafner to line out to center before yielding to Santos.

"The pitching staff did the job and Carlos got a big hit," said Guillen, sporting a bruise under his right eye where he was hit by a foul ball in the dugout Wednesday during an extra-inning loss in Kansas City.

"We play the teams we're chasing," he said. "It's very important to stay close to them. If we get too far behind, we're creating a dangerous situation for us."

Chicago improved to 12-20 against AL Central opponents by winning for just the sixth time in its last 15 games overall. The second-place Indians have lost five of seven and are 3 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox.

"There's not much you can do when you can't score any runs," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

Quentin's 20th homer came off Carlos Carrasco (8-8), who worked out of several early jams. The right-hander stranded two runners in both the first and second innings and left the bases loaded in the third.

"Carlos gave us a chance, despite having to battle all that traffic," Acta said. "Unfortunately, he couldn't work himself out of all of them."

Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn stroked one-out singles before Quentin belted a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in left to make it 3-0.

"It's hard to string together three hits in a row against him," Dunn said. "He can be really, really tough."

Quentin is a key reason why the White Sox are 5-1 this year against Cleveland. He is batting .500 [11 for 22] with three homers and 12 RBI in the season series.

"I got a pitch middle in and put some wood on it," Quentin said of his homer. "Gavin is the story. He was unbelievable."

Floyd retired the first nine Indians. Ezequiel Carrera singled to open the fourth, but was erased on a nifty double play. First baseman Konerko scooped up a sharply hit ball by Brantley at his ankles and threw to shortstop Alexi Ramirez to force Carrera. Ramirez then sidestepped the sliding runner, jumped up and threw to first, where Floyd dug out the low throw.

That was the type play Guillen wants. After the tough loss Wednesday, he questioned his team's focus.

"I made the comments that when we go to Cleveland and play Detroit, Boston and New York, we have to be better," he said before the game. "I don't think I was lying or making stuff up.

"My job is to win games, but we're not winning games. Was I frustrated? Yes, but it's not just me. We all should be. I know this ballclub better than anyone and we know have a better ballclub than we've shown.

"We've been in this situation before," Guillen said. "As long as I'm here, I'm going to push as hard as I can."

Carrasco gave up six hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. After going 4-2 with a 1.90 ERA in June, the right-hander 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA in four July starts.

Notes

Rain delayed the start 47 minutes. ... Cleveland called up 2B Jason Kipnis from Triple-A Columbus and he went 0 for 2 and was hit on the knee by a pitch in his major league debut. Kipnis was the Indians' second-round draft pick in 2009. ... The Indians optioned INF Luis Valbuena to Columbus and designated for assignment minor-league INF Jared Goedert to clear roster room for Kipnis. ... Pierre went 0 for 4 with a walk, ending his 12-game hitting streak. ... Dunn went 2 for 5 with one strikeout. He was 7 for 79 (.089) with 40 strikeouts in his previous 22 games. ... Hafner played his 1,000th career game.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Quentin
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000102 .273
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010200 .272
Paul Konerko, 1B4110123 .310
Adam Dunn, DH5120013 .163
Carlos Quentin, RF5133004 .266
    Brent Lillibridge, RF0000000 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010102 .286
Alex Rios, CF4000014 .209
Mark Teahen, 3B4000021 .207
    Brent Morel, 3B0000000 .242
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000020 .250
Totals3538358  
Batting
HR - Carlos Quentin (20, Carrasco)
RBI - Carlos Quentin 3 (60)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (4, 2nd base off Herrmann/Santana)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Konerko-A. Ramirez-Floyd
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,8-9) 7.2400050 4.11
Matt Thornton (H,13) 1100010 3.41
Sergio Santos (S,19) 0.1000010 3.16
HBP - Kipnis (by Gavin Floyd)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 99-64, Matt Thornton 13-10, Sergio Santos 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 12-5
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Matt Thornton 4, Sergio Santos 1
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ezequiel Carrera, CF3010000 .267
   a- Orlando Cabrera, PH1000002 .243
    Travis Buck, LF0000000 .243
Michael Brantley, LF-CF4010011 .281
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000011 .289
Travis Hafner, DH4000001 .314
Matt LaPorta, 1B4000031 .238
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3020010 .259
Austin Kearns, RF3010011 .221
Jason Kipnis, 2B2000002 .000
Lou Marson, C2000000 .246
   b- Carlos Santana, PH-C1000000 .224
Totals3105007  
a-flied out for Carrera in the 8th
b-grounded out for Marson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lonnie Chisenhall (5, Floyd)
Team LOB - 5
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Carrasco (L,8-8) 6.1633461 4.25
Rafael Perez 0.2100010 2.23
Joe Smith 1000010 1.21
Frank Herrmann 1100100 4.13
IBB - Pierzynski by Carlos Carrasco
HBP - Beckham (by Carlos Carrasco)
WP - Carlos Carrasco (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 102-66, Rafael Perez 9-8, Joe Smith 9-7, Frank Herrmann 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 4-9, Rafael Perez 1-0, Joe Smith 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 30, Rafael Perez 3, Joe Smith 3, Frank Herrmann 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27477
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Tom Hallion