Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Red Sox 1
April, 29, 2012
By Sahadev Sharma | ESPNChicago.com
A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was dominant, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Floyd ended up giving up three hits and a run in the inning, and ended his day with 6 2/3 innings pitched, nine strikeouts and one walk. The offense showed up early, scoring three runs in the first, including a two-run homer off the bat of Adam Dunn, his fifth of the year. They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth to give Matt Thornton a bigger cushion as he picked up the save.
What it means: The White Sox ended their five-game losing streak and got back to the .500 mark at 11-11. The White Sox are now even with the Detroit Tigers in second place in the AL Central and are only one game back of the first-place Cleveland Indians.
Outside the box: After giving up 10 runs in each of the first two games of the series to a torrid Red Sox offense, the White Sox pitching staff settled down in the final two games of the series. The Sox allowed only one run in each of the last two games, cooling down an offense that had averaged 8.7 runs in its previous six games.
Up next: Chris Sale (1-2, 3.12 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox as they start a three-game set against the Indians. Cleveland counters with Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 4.50) at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.