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White Sox's Floyd nearly no-hits Boston

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CHICAGO -- After Gavin Floyd retired the first 14 Red Sox batters, he couldn't help it. He was definitely thinking about the perfect game Phil Humber pitched last weekend.

"Absolutely. Especially since Phil did recently. It was natural, but obviously you have to put it behind you," Floyd said. "Your object is to get in there and as late you can and if it happens it happens. You just have to keep your focus and keep attacking."

Floyd took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Boston 4-1 on Sunday.

Floyd (2-3) struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings, yielding one run and three hits. He improved to 7-0 with a 3.21 ERA in nine career appearances against Boston, helping the White Sox stop a five-game losing streak.

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Floyd started out well just eight days after Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history. Cody Ross walked with two outs in the fifth for Boston's first base runner, but Floyd struck out Nick Punto to end the inning.

Dustin Pedroia singled with one out in the seventh for Boston's first hit of the game. Cody Ross had an RBI single for the Red Sox, who had won six straight.

"He wasn't giving us much to hit," Pedroia said. "I had three at-bats off him and only got one pitch to hit. I actually got a hit on that one. He kept the ball out of the middle of the zone."

Dunn helped the White Sox get off to a fast start, belting a two-run shot to right in the first off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett for his first homer at U.S. Cellular Field since Aug. 4 against the Yankees. Dunn's fifth homer of the season drove in Alex Rios, who put Chicago in front with an RBI single.

"Whenever you get a guy like him you have to score early because he is a workhorse, those guys only get better," Dunn said. "Usually your best opportunity to get some runs if any are early and we were able to do that."

Beckett (2-3) settled down after the rough opening inning, shutting down Chicago until he left with two out in the seventh. He struck out eight and allowed six hits while matching a career high with 126 pitches.

"That's a pretty tough hole to put your team in, especially against a guy who has pitched well against us in the past," Beckett said. "The two-run homer was the difference between that and the rest of the game. You can give up one in that situation if they want to manufacture a run in the first inning. You minimize the damage and give them the one run and move on."

Boston finally got on the board in the seventh. Pedroia's liner got past second baseman Eduardo Escobar's diving attempt. He moved up on David Ortiz's two-out double and scored on Ross' hit.

Addison Reed then came in and got Punto to ground out, stranding Ortiz at third. Reed also got the first two outs of the eighth before Matt Thornton finished for his first save of the season. Thornton retired Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Ortiz to finish the game in the ninth.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura decided to go with Thornton in the ninth as opposed to closer Hector Santiago.

"It is nothing against Hector, he still will be in there in the ninth, but you're looking at guy with a body of work against those three guys," Ventura said. "I felt confident leaving Matt in there."

Notes

  • White Sox 1B Paul Konerko missed the game with a stiff neck. He is day to day.
  • Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch due to tightness in his lower left back.
  • Dunn finished with five homers in April after hitting 11 all of last season.
  • The only time the Red Sox swept a road trip of seven or more games came in 1977 when they went 9-0 from July 29-Aug. 8, 1977.
  • Floyd had a near no-hitter against Minnesota on May 6, 2008. Joe Mauer broke up the bid with one out in the ninth.
  • Beckett last threw 126 pitches for the Marlins against the Houston Astros on May 20, 2004.
  • Dayan Viciedo added an RBI single in the eighth for Chicago.
 
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Gavin Floyd takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning, striking out nine to improve to 7-0 vs. Boston.  (Getty Images)
Gavin Floyd takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning, striking out nine to improve to 7-0 vs. Boston. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, SS3000100 .284
Ryan Sweeney, RF3000020 .373
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF1000011 .143
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110010 .295
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000031 .284
David Ortiz, DH4010000 .395
Cody Ross, LF-RF2011110 .271
Nick Punto, 3B3000023 .211
Marlon Byrd, CF2000010 .159
   b- Lars Anderson, PH-LF1000000 .200
Kelly Shoppach, C2000000 .286
   c- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-C1000010 .240
Totals30131212  
a-struck out for Sweeney in the 8th
b-flied out for Byrd in the 8th
c-struck out for Shoppach in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (9, Floyd)
RBI - Cody Ross (18)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross (5)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hill-Aviles-Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (L,2-3) 6.2633381 4.45
Scott Atchison 0.1000000 2.25
Rich Hill 0.2111200 13.50
Junichi Tazawa 0.1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 126-85, Scott Atchison 1-1, Rich Hill 20-9, Junichi Tazawa 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 5-7, Rich Hill 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Scott Atchison 1, Rich Hill 4, Junichi Tazawa 2
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF3110120 .247
Brent Lillibridge, 3B-1B2010100 .190
Alex Rios, RF4111014 .311
Adam Dunn, 1B2112210 .231
    Brent Morel, PR-3B0000000 .178
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000013 .309
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110010 .207
Kosuke Fukudome, LF3000100 .200
Dayan Viciedo, DH4021010 .206
Eduardo Escobar, 2B4010013 .150
Totals3048458  
Batting
HR - Adam Dunn (5, Beckett)
SH - Brent Lillibridge (1)
RBI - Alex Rios (8), Adam Dunn 2 (16), Dayan Viciedo (4)
2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo (3)
SB - Brent Lillibridge (6, 2nd base off Beckett/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,2-3) 6.2311190 3.13
Addison Reed (H,4) 1000110 0.00
Matt Thornton (S,1) 1.1000020 0.82
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 111-70, Addison Reed 17-11, Matt Thornton 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-6, Addison Reed 1-1, Matt Thornton 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 24, Addison Reed 4, Matt Thornton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22811
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn