Floyd’s strong outing ruined by White Sox’ bullpen in 5-3 loss
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 21, 2013 4:08PM
Updated: April 21, 2013 11:57PM
Gavin Floyd had his best outing of the season Sunday, but the White Sox bullpen that had been so reliable let him down.
The Minnesota Twins scored four in the seventh off Matt Lindstrom and Donnie Veal, with the big blow a bases loaded double by Josh Willingham off Jesse Crain--the third pitcher of the inning--for a 5-3 victory.
The win gave the Twins a sweep of the rain-shortened two game series and dropped the Sox record to 7-11 and 3-9 in their last 11.
The Sox could fall to last place in the American League Central, pending the outcome of Cleveland’s game against Houston Sunday.
Floyd worked through six innings, giving up a run on three hits, striking out six and walking three. He left with a 2-1 lead, the Sox scoring once in the fourth on Alejandro De Aza’s double and Jeff Keppinger’s RBI ground out and an unearned run in the sixth when De Aza singled and reached third on pitcher Scott Diamond’s throwing error, then scored on Keppinger’s sacrifice fly.
Adam Dunn ended an 0-for-31 slump with a homer leading the seventh off Josh Roenicke, his third of the season.
The loss went to Lindstrom (1-1), who saw his streak of eight scoreless innings end. Diamond (1-1) got the victory. Glen Perkins earned his fifth save.