Tigers Lose In Chicago

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gavin Floyd nearly took his success against Detroit to a new level.
Floyd held the Tigers hitless until Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning Saturday and pitched the Chicago White Sox to a 7-0 victory.
Floyd (2-0) had never pitched more than seven innings in the majors. His no-hit bid ended when Renteria hit a liner to right-center that fell in front of right fielder Jermaine Dye.
The 25-year-old righty left the game after that hit on his 107th pitch, and exited to a standing ovation from the rain-soaked crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.
A first-round draft pick of Philadelphia in 2001, Floyd struck out four and walked four in 7 1-3 innings on a 39-degree day.
Exactly a week earlier, Floyd pitched six solid innings to win at Detroit in his first outing of the season.
Floyd is now 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts against Detroit since last September. He is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against other teams in that span.
Floyd began the day with a 9-10 career record and a 6.24 ERA.
After Floyd left, Scott Linebrink relieved and got Ivan Rodriguez to hit into an inning-ending double play. The White Sox turned three double plays in dropping Detroit to 2-9, the worst record in the majors.
Reliever Bobby Jenks allowed an infield single in the ninth for Detroit's only other hit.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead off Justin Verlander (0-2) on Orlando Cabrera's first home run for the White Sox, a solo shot in the third.
In the eighth, Verlander beaned Cabrera in the helmet and the White Sox went on to score six more runs.
After falling to the ground when the ball hit him near the left ear flap, Cabrera got to his feet and stayed in the game. Jim Thome singled to load the bases and Verlander hit Paul Konerko with another pitch to force in a run. One out later, A.J. Pierzynski delivered a two-run single to finish Verlander.
Carlos Quentin greeted reliever Francis Beltran with an RBI single and Juan Uribe followed with a two-run single to make it 7-0.
Floyd, the fourth overall player picked in 2001, made his 31st major league start. He got an extra day's rest this week because of a rainout.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Floyd was acquired from Philadelphia for Freddy Garcia and Gio Gonzalez in December 2006. He made 10 starts for Chicago last season when he split time between the majors and Triple-A.
Floyd escaped big trouble in the first, thanks to some good defense.
Clete Thomas walked to lead off, stole second and went to third on a flyout. But he tried to score from third on Gary Sheffield's grounder to third baseman Joe Crede and was thrown out easily. Quentin made a nice catch of Magglio Ordonez's long drive while crashing into the left-field fence to end the inning.
Ordonez nearly had Detroit's first hit in the seventh when his fly ball down the right-field line just landed foul. He then struck out.
Verlander allowed four hits and was charged with six runs in 7 2-3 innings. He fell to 1-6 against the White Sox in his career, including 0-4 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Notes:@ Last April 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle pitched a no-hitter against the Rangers, the 16th in White Sox history. ... The infield became a quagmire by the bottom of the eighth. ... Tigers LHP Dontrelle Willis was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI confirmed that he has a hyperextended right knee. Willis hurt his knee while delivering a pitch in the first inning Friday night and minutes later was removed from the game. ... Tigers 1B Carlos Guillen strained his right hamstring running to first base Friday night and was out of the lineup Saturday, with Miguel Cabrera moving from third to first. Cabrera made his first major league start at first. He has been slowed by a sore quadriceps muscle and manager Jim Leyland wanted to be careful with him on a rainy day. Guillen said he didn't expect to miss more than a couple of days.


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