Floyd was removed after the Sox scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but reliever Matt Lindstrom surrendered the tying run to Minnesota in the seventh, leaving Floyd with a no-decision.
The start was Floyd’s best of the young season, as he allowed one run on four hits.
“The one thing he did well today was command his fastball from the beginning of the game,” catcher Tyler Flowers said about his battery mate. “We were able to get ahead of a lot of guys and go to the off-speed stuff against their left-handed hitters.”
The Sox’s lack of run production has been troublesome in Floyd’s starts since the beginning of 2012. Floyd is 6-0 with a 3.14 ERA when receiving four runs or more of support since April 2012.
But Floyd refused to blame the listless Sox offense, which has averaged just 2.7 runs over the last nine games. Although Jeff Keppinger drove in two runs Sunday and Adam Dunn homered, both hitters are in horrendous slumps. Dunn is in a 1-for-33 funk and Keppinger is 0-for-24.
“You cannot control that kind of stuff,” Floyd said after the Sox’s 5-3 loss. “You just go out there and focus on one pitch at a time and hope that things come around that day and we win as a team.”
Floyd is 33-2 lifetime when he gives up one run or less in at least six innings of pitching.
“It is just one of those (outings),” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He had a good game. You try and take the positives out of that.”
After landing on the disabled list twice in 2012, Floyd came back strong at the end of the season. He won his last two starts while allowing one run in 12 innings.