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Floyd, White Sox fall short in 5-2 loss to Nationals

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Updated: April 10, 2013 10:32PM



WASHINGTON - Gavin Floyd was wonderful his first time through the Washington Nationals lineup on Wednesday night. The second and third times? Not so good.

The Nats scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings against Floyd, sending the White Sox right-hander to the showers in the sixth inning and holding on for a 5-2 victory.

The Sox (4-4) are 0-2 in their series here, which opened a 10-game road trip that continues in Cleveland and Toronto. The Nationals improved to 6-2.

Adam Dunn and Alex Rios drove in the Sox runs by grounding out with runners on third against Jordan Zimmerman (2-0), who held the Sox to two runs over seven innings. Floyd gave up five runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Bryce Harper led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run to even the score at 1-1, and Ian Desmond doubled and scored on Danny Espinosa’s single to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 lead.

Desmond tripled leading off the sixth and scored on Espinosa’s doubled. Espinosa scored on Denard Span’s single through shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who was playing in to cut off the run but couldn’t handle Span’s sharply hit one-hopper.

Floyd, who took an interleague ERA of 2.79 into the game, seventh lowest among active pitchers, had good stuff for his second straight outing as evidenced by his seven strikeouts through four innings.

Alex Rios singled and doubled in his first two at-bats and has hit safely in all eight games after finishing last season with a six game hitting streak.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his fourth save.



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