How it happened: Gavin Floyd rebounded against the defending AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, throwing six scoreless innings for his first win of the season. Floyd out-dueled rookie Adam Wilk, who took the loss after scattering two runs on three hits in five innings. He left the game with a left shoulder contusion. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez got the Sox on the board with a solo home run in the second inning, his second of the season. Catcher Tyler Flowers, starting in place of A.J. Pierzynski, hit his first homer of the season, also a solo shot, in the fifth. Adam Dunn drove in Brent Morel with a hard double to right-center field in the sixth. Detroit right fielder Brennan Boesch ruined the shutout with a home run in the eighth off of reliever Jesse Crain. Paul Konerko hit his 397th career home run in the eighth, breaking a tie with Joe Carter to place him 51st on the all-time home run list.
What it means: The Sox won their fourth straight game and second in a row over the Central Division favorites.
Outside the box: Prior to the game, manager Robin Ventura said it’s too early to express concerns over any players’ early season struggles. Gordon Beckham struck out for the 10th time this season on Saturday while Dunn recorded his 11th strikeout. “It’s going to be a while,” said Ventura, who didn’t single out any one player. “It’s more of their approach than it is what the numbers are. I like what I see and what they bring and so it’ll be a while.”
Up next: Chris Sale (1-0) takes the mound against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello (0-0) in the final game of the series at 1:10 p.m. CT Sunday.