Rapid Reaction: Royals 2, White Sox 1
CHICAGO -- The White Sox failed to win a series in their last five tries, falling 2-1 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
How it happened: One day after John Danks took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Gavin Floyd took a no-hitter into the sixth against the Royals. He gave up three hits in the sixth inning that the Royals cashed in for a pair of runs. Paul Konerko drove in a run in the eighth inning, his 105th RBI on the season. It is now the fourth highest RBI total of his career after driving in 117 runs in 2004, 113 runs in 2006 and 111 runs last season.
What it means: Floyd finished off a season that was pretty much the definition of mediocre. He was 12-13 on the year with a 4.37 ERA. It wasn’t a lack of run support that hurt him since the White Sox averaged 5.33 runs over his first 29 starts, up from 3.94 runs last season which was eighth lowest in the American League. He never came near that dominating run of last season when he gave up two earned runs or less in 12 consecutive starts.
Outside the box: When it began Aug. 29, the White Sox had a 28-game stretch against teams in the American League Central that could have helped them to get back in the race. The opposite happened, of course. The White Sox just finished that stretch Sunday with an 11-17 record and lost nine games in the standings over that time.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 4.26 ERA) will take the mound Monday to start the final series of the season against Toronto. The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Dustin McGowan (0-1, 6.35) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.