Floyd pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. The only run he gave up came on a Jarrod Saltalmacchia home run in the top of the third inning, his ninth of the year.
Meanwhile, the Sox managed to get to Tim Wakefield just enough to put the game away for Chicago. The Sox first came back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Juan Pierre singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on an Omar Vizquel sacrifice, and then to third on a wild pitch. Paul Konerko then hit a sac fly to score him, to tie the game at one.
The White Sox took the lead in the seventh, as a Carlos Quentin walk was followed by A.J. Pierzynski’s fifth homer of the season. They wouldn’t relinquish it, as Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos closed out the Red Sox for the win.
The teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 P.M., CDT.