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Dunn homers again in White Sox's win

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn shrugged off his horrendous first season with the Chicago White Sox by pretty much starting over. He's seeing the ball well and approaching his at-bats the way he did through successful years with the Reds and Nationals. And so far, it's working.

Dunn hit his 11th homer to match his total from all of last year and the White Sox got strong pitching from Gavin Floyd during a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

"I'm definitely not where I want to be. This is one of those starts to a season I expect to do," Dunn said. "There are a lot of things for me personally that I want to work on and get better."

Dunn's long drive to right off Felipe Paulino gave the White Sox the lead in the first. His sixth homer in his last 10 games was enough offense for Floyd (3-3), who allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2-3 innings.

"He's been on a nice roll, he had nice at-bats tonight," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of Dunn. "He's in a nice spot. He's seeing the ball well and good things happen when he makes contact."

Dunn also doubled and drew a pair of walks while ending a streak of 36 games in which he had struck out. He said he can't worry about striking out, not the way he swings.

"To me, strikeouts, I get as mad as anyone. I'm not going to change my approach or what I'm going to do unless the situation dictates that," Dunn said. "If it's first inning two outs nobody on, I'm not going to get off my approach. I'm still trying to look for something to drive, whether it's 2-0 or 0-2."

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Floyd escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second when he got Alcides Escobar and Humberto Quintero to hit back-to-back comebackers. Kansas City loaded the bases again in the eighth on three straight singles before Floyd struck out Billy Butler swinging on a full-count offering, ending his night after 116 pitches.

Matt Thornton came in and fanned Eric Hosmer to end the inning. Hector Santiago pitched the ninth to complete the five-hitter.

"[Escobar] came out of his approach a little bit, trying to do too much, two comebackers. Then in the eighth we had a shot," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The pitch was a ball on Billy, but it was still a good pitch. Floyd threw a good game."

Floyd gave up five singles while bidding for his first shutout in six years. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has given up just four earned runs in his last 28 2/3 innings.

"I'm really honestly just trying to be aggressive with whatever I'm throwing," Floyd said. "Try to let the team field the ball. That's about it. I'm trying to simplify things, go out there and attack guys."

The White Sox added a run in the third when Alejandro De Aza singled, stole second and scored on Gordon Beckham's two-out single. Dunn then doubled, but a big inning was averted when Royals left fielder Alex Gordon made a nice diving catch on Paul Konerko's sinking liner.

Alex Rios' two-out, two-run triple off the wall in right-center in the sixth made it 4-0 and chased Paulino (1-1).

Paulino, who pitched six shutout innings against the Yankees in his first start of the season six days ago, allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.

"Made my pitches pretty well, they just had hitting in good moments," Paulino said. "When they had guys on base, they found the hits and scored. I made good pitches, but it's baseball. They found the hole in the right moments and scored."

Notes

  • LHP Chris Sale was returned to the White Sox rotation after a one-game stint in the bullpen. There was concern about soreness in his elbow, but an MRI came up clean and Sale (3-1) will pitch Saturday against RHP Luke Hochevar (2-3).
  • The Royals are hoping to activate reliever Greg Holland (rib cage) off the disabled list Saturday.
  • White Sox reliever Jesse Crain (oblique) threw a scoreless inning in an injury rehab assignment in the minor leagues.
 
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Gavin Floyd evens his record at 3-3 with 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball to guide the White Sox to the win.  (Getty Images)
Gavin Floyd evens his record at 3-3 with 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball to guide the White Sox to the win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

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

G. Floyd
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4020000 .298
Alex Gordon, LF4010011 .267
Billy Butler, DH4000023 .287
Eric Hosmer, 1B3000114 .176
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000021 .243
Mike Moustakas, 3B4010010 .308
Chris Getz, 2B2000100 .297
   a- Johnny Giavotella, PH1000000 .000
Alcides Escobar, SS3010003 .269
Humberto Quintero, C3000004 .222
Totals3205027  
a-flied out for Getz in the 9th
Fielding
E - Humberto Quintero (3, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino (L,1-1) 5.2744161 3.09
Kelvin Herrera 1111100 3.63
Tim Collins 0.1000110 3.78
Vin Mazzaro 1000000 0.00
WP - Kelvin Herrera (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 112-70, Kelvin Herrera 20-12, Tim Collins 11-5, Vin Mazzaro 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 3-7, Kelvin Herrera 3-0, Vin Mazzaro 2-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 24, Kelvin Herrera 5, Tim Collins 2, Vin Mazzaro 3
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4121001 .291
Gordon Beckham, 2B4121001 .222
Adam Dunn, DH2121200 .257
Paul Konerko, 1B4000036 .333
A.J. Pierzynski, C4100001 .264
Alex Rios, RF4012020 .284
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000011 .203
Dayan Viciedo, LF3010000 .208
    Brent Lillibridge, LF0000000 .161
Eduardo Escobar, 3B2100111 .133
Totals3158537  
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (6, Paulino), Adam Dunn (9, Paulino)
3B - Alex Rios (3, Paulino)
HR - Adam Dunn (11, Paulino)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (12), Gordon Beckham (9), Adam Dunn (26), Alex Rios 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (4), Adam Dunn (5), Alex Rios 2 (3)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (6, 2nd base off Paulino/Quintero), Eduardo Escobar (1, 3rd base off Herrera/Quintero)
CS - Alejandro De Aza (2, 2nd base by Paulino/Quintero)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,3-3) 7.2500250 2.53
Matt Thornton (H,5) 0.1000010 4.05
Hector Santiago 1000010 5.25
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 116-71, Matt Thornton 4-3, Hector Santiago 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 6-12, Hector Santiago 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 30, Matt Thornton 1, Hector Santiago 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19129
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook