- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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CHICAGO – White Sox starter Gavin Floyd continued his recent slump, losing to the Astros 5-3 on Friday night.
The right-hander has given up 30 runs in 25 2/3 innings over his past five starts. Somewhere along the line, Floyd has lost his early-season dominant form – he boasted a 2.53 ERA after his first seven starts of 2012.
Home runs have been a huge problem for Floyd of late. He gave up two of them in Friday’s loss.
“It’s about location,” said manager Robin Ventura. “The count (is the issue ). You fall behind and you give a guy the ability to go after a fastball, so his location has to be better.”
A solo homerun by Brent Wallace and a two-run long ball off the bat of Jed Lowrie were the key plays for Houston on Friday.
“You just have to make better pitches,” said Floyd registered nine strikeouts Friday. “The ball does fly out of here, but I’m not going to be less aggressive. I just have to make better pitches.”
Danks delivers: White Sox rookie Jordan Danks, the brother of starter John Danks, registered his first major league hit in the 8th inning. Danks was called up Thursday to replace injured outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.
“I told myself not to get too big (with his swing) because when guys get here they feel pretty good and want to hack at the first pitch you see,” Danks said. “I used to be known for swinging at the first pitch, so I changed my approach and it has worked out for me.”
Home runs doomed Gavin Floyd and the Sox on Friday.