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Rapid reaction: White Sox 3, Indians 0

7/22/2011

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox left 11 men on base but did enough for a 3-0 victory Friday to open a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

How it happened: Gavin Floyd took care of the pitching and Carlos Quentin delivered the offense. Floyd didn’t give up a run and allowed just four hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Indians. The White Sox’s offense had its issues again – especially early when leaving seven men on base over the first three innings – but a three-run home run by Quentin in the fifth inning was all the offense necessary. The White Sox stayed five games behind first-place Detroit and are 3½ behind the second-place Indians.

What it means: The White Sox have found at least one team they can push around. Cleveland might be having a breakthrough season, but the White Sox are now 5-1 against them this year. Fausto Carmona was even moved out of this series because the White Sox eat him alive.

Outside the box: Floyd has given up just one run in his 15 1/3 innings over two starts in the second half.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.97 ERA) will take the mound in the middle game of the series. He will be opposed by Indians left-hander David Huff (1-0, 0.00) in the 6:05 p.m. game from Progressive Field.