DETROIT - JULY 15: Carlos Quentin #20 of the Chicago White Sox singles to left field scoring Paul Konerko #14 and Adam Dunn #32 in the seventh inning during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 15, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 8-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Floyd Good, White Sox Offense Better As Sox Beat Tigers 8-2

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On Friday night in Detroit, the White Sox managed to wring out as many earned runs in a single inning as Justin Verlander had given up in his last 56 innings combined. They added more to this four run total throughout the game and managed to take game one of their series against the Tigers 8-2.

Verlander started out the game strong, getting seven straight outs without allowing a base runner. Then, the Sox offense came alive as they strung together three singles in the top of the third inning to score their first run. A fly out was then followed by a walk and two more RBI singles, including one by struggling hitter Adam Dunn. By the time the inning was over, the Sox found themselves up 4-0.

Detroit would close the gap a little bit the next inning, as a ball that got by A.J. Pierzynski, allowing Magglio Ordonez to take first base on what would have been a swinging strikeout, set up Miguel Cabrera’s 19th home run of the season, a two run shot to left field.

But Floyd would settle down after giving up those two runs, and pitch 7.2 strong innings, giving up just those runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. The Sox offense kept the pressure on Detroit, adding another run to their total by taking advantage of a fielding error by Ryan Raburn in the top of the fifth inning.

After chasing Verlander from the game, Chicago managed to add three more runs in the seventh inning as they strung together more RBI hits off of relievers Lester Oliveros and David Purcey. Brian Bruney and Will Ohman then managed to close out the game for the Sox, preserving the win for Gavin Floyd.

The second game of the series will be on Saturday afternoon in Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 P.M., CDT.


White Sox And Floyd Try To Take Down First Place Tigers

As they open the second half of their 2011 season, the Chicago White Sox will try to make up ground in the AL Central in preparation for the playoff appearance the team was aiming for when they made splashy moves in the off season.

Starting out the second half will be Gavin Floyd, 6-9 with a 4.59 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Floyd's last start before the All Star break was a mess. He pitched just 3.2 innings against Minnesota, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out just three. In his career against Detroit, Floyd is 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Jhonny Peralta has a career .375 average against Floyd with two home runs.

Justin Verlander, 12-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, will open the Tigers series against the White Sox. Verlander ended the first half of the season well, picking up the win against Kansas City after throwing 7.2 innings of one run baseball on six hits and no walks while striking out nine. In his last game against the White Sox, Verlander threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. Carlos Quentin is 3-for-5 with two home runs against Verlander this season.

The weather in Detroit is expected to be clear and warm, with a game time temperature in the upper 70's to low 80's. First pitch is at 6:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-D HD.

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