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CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko and the Chicago White Sox have left their struggles against the Tigers in 2011.

Gavin Floyd overcame control problem to pitch six scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez homered as Chicago beat Detroit for the second straight day, 5-1 on Saturday.

Tyler Flowers and Konerko also homered for the White Sox, who won their fourth straight overall.

The White Sox were 5-13 against the Tigers in 2011, including the last six meetings.

"You want to win divisional games. Tigers are going to be there, they're too good of a team, they're going to be there, all we can hope is that we're going to be in the mix at the end and be in that fight, too," Konerko said. "All I know for sure is that those two games are in the books. Other than that I don't know anything else so it is good to get those two games and put them in the books.".

The White Sox improved to 4-0 in the division.

Floyd (1-1) pitched around three walks and three hit batters. He struck out six and allowed only three hits.

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"I thought he did a good job of taking advantage of our aggressiveness," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He got a lot of swings on balls, on bad pitches. It was a pretty good game plan on their part. We're an aggressive team and he took advantage of that."

Brennan Boesch homered in the eighth inning and Austin Jackson had three hits for the Tigers, who have lost three of its last four games.

Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk, making first big league start, was hit in his pitching shoulder by teammate Prince Fielder's foul ball while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning.

"I just got hit in the shoulder, and it's my throwing arm. Just to be safe, you might as well come out of the game and not risk anything," said Wilk.

Wilk (0-1) left with a bruised shoulder but is expected to make his next start. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings Saturday. He struck out four and walked one.

"I thought he did a good job. He moved the ball around pretty good. Gave up a couple solo homers, but no walks before it, so that was all right. He did a good job, it's just too bad he got hit by the foul ball, we just couldn't take a chance," Leyland said. "He should be OK for his next start."

Floyd loaded the bases in the second inning by hitting Delmon Young, walking Jhonny Peralta and hitting Andy Dirks. Floyd was able to recover by getting Ryan Raburn to fly out to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, Floyd escaped trouble again. He allowed a leadoff a double to Jackson. After he struck out Boesch, Floyd walked Fielder and Young to load the bases. He then ended the inning by striking out Alex Avila.

"He pitched great. He was aggressive early," Flowers said. "Most importantly I think the pitches that he missed he missed in good spots where they were effective setting up the next pitch."

Ramirez homered on a 1-2 pitch from Wilk in the second inning to give the White Sox a l-0 lead.

Flowers homered with two outs in the fifth inning. The ball landed deep into the left field seats. Flowers started at catcher to give A.J. Pierzynski a day off.

Flowers said the calming influence of new manager Robin Ventura has been a factor in the team's early success.

"I guess you can say that. We all know him, he is a little bit more laid back than most, but he has jumped us a few times when we needed to be jumped," said Flowers. "We play hard, I think we see that, we play as a team, more so since I've been here I think. Actually there has been a little more camaraderie and such going on in the clubhouse, on the field and in the dugout and I think that's better for the team. I think that ends up picking up everybody else when they struggle."

Wilk had a 5.40 ERA with no decisions in five relief appearances in 2011. He was added to the rotation after Doug Fister was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a left rib muscle strain.

Brent Morel led off the sixth inning with a double off Tigers reliever Collin Balester and Adam Dunn followed with an RBI double.

Alejandro De Aza added an RBI triple in the seventh off Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth and Konerko tagged Schlereth in the eighth for his first homer of the season to make it 5-1.

Notes

  • The Tigers activated infielder Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list Saturday. He is expected to start at second base Sunday. Inge, who strained his groin during spring training, hit .197 with three homers and 23 RBIs in 103 games at third base last year. He grounded out in a pinch-hit appearance to end the game.
  • Raburn stole a hit from Ramirez in the fifth by making a sliding, over the head catch down the right field line.
 
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White Sox starter Gavin Floyd walks three and hits three but settles down to throw six scoreless innings and earn the win.  (Getty Images)
White Sox starter Gavin Floyd walks three and hits three but settles down to throw six scoreless innings and earn the win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4030000 .433
Brennan Boesch, RF4111013 .257
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000012 .286
Prince Fielder, 1B3010120 .345
Delmon Young, LF1000111 .280
Alex Avila, C3000014 .320
   a- Gerald Laird, PH1000000 .200
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000110 .267
Andy Dirks, DH2000000 .300
   b- Brandon Inge, PH-DH1000000 .000
Ryan Raburn, 2B3000013 .080
Totals2915138  
a-popped out for Avila in the 9th
b-grounded out for Dirks in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (3, Floyd)
HR - Brennan Boesch (1, Crain)
RBI - Brennan Boesch (6)
CS - Brennan Boesch (1, 2nd base by Floyd/Flowers)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Raburn-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wilk (L,0-1) 5322142 3.60
Collin Balester 1.2222010 5.68
Daniel Schlereth 1.1311121 9.00
HBP - Flowers (by Collin Balester)
WP - Collin Balester 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wilk 62-40, Collin Balester 30-21, Daniel Schlereth 33-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wilk 5-6, Collin Balester 1-3, Daniel Schlereth 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wilk 19, Collin Balester 8, Daniel Schlereth 7
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4011001 .276
Brent Morel, 3B3110110 .136
Adam Dunn, DH4011022 .192
Paul Konerko, 1B4111011 .407
Alex Rios, RF4010001 .190
Alexei Ramirez, SS4111002 .222
Dayan Viciedo, LF3010000 .286
    Brent Lillibridge, LF1000010 .000
Tyler Flowers, C2211011 .167
Gordon Beckham, 2B2000111 .136
Totals3158527  
Batting
2B - Brent Morel (1, Balester), Adam Dunn (1, Balester)
3B - Alejandro De Aza (2, Schlereth)
HR - Paul Konerko (1, Schlereth), Alexei Ramirez (1, Wilk), Tyler Flowers (1, Wilk)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (4), Adam Dunn (3), Paul Konerko (7), Alexei Ramirez (2), Tyler Flowers (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alejandro De Aza (1), Alexei Ramirez (2), Tyler Flowers (1)
SB - Tyler Flowers (1, 2nd base off Schlereth/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Flowers-Beckham, Beckham-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,1-1) 6300360 3.09
Jesse Crain (H,1) 2211021 2.25
Matt Thornton 1000000 0.00
HBP - Young (by Gavin Floyd), Dirks (by Gavin Floyd), Young (by Gavin Floyd)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 98-57, Jesse Crain 30-21, Matt Thornton 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 7-2, Jesse Crain 4-0, Matt Thornton 1-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 24, Jesse Crain 8, Matt Thornton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33025
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson