American League Game Summary - Boston at Chicago|
(Sunday, April 29th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Boston 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gavin Floyd tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run
ball and carried a no-hitter into the seventh as the White Sox downed the Red
Sox, 4-1, in the finale of a four-game set at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday.
Floyd (2-3) surrendered a single to Dustin Pedroia with one out in the
seventh. Floyd, who fanned nine, was lifted three batters later after an RBI
single from Cody Ross and Addison Reed tossed a scoreless inning before Matt
Thornton retired four straight Red Sox for his first save of the season.
"He looked really good, looked really tough with moving his fastball," said
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine about Floyd. "He established his fastball in
and out and it looked like he had a real dynamite curveball."
Dayan Viciedo added two hits and an RBI, while Adam Dunn belted a two-run
blast, as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak.
Josh Beckett (2-3) was charged for three runs on six hits and three walks
while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings. Boston had its six-game win
Alejandro De Aza opened the home half of the first with a single before moving
to second on a bunt from Brent Lillibridge. Alex Rios then scorched a single
through the left side, plating De Aza from second to take an early 1-0 lead.
Dunn then extended the edge to 3-0 with a towering blast to right field for
his 370th career home run and his fifth this season.
"Usually your best opportunity to get some runs, if any, is early and we were
able to do that," remarked Dunn about getting to Beckett early.
Floyd cruised through the first four innings, setting down the Sox in order
while fanning six. He induced consecutive ground outs to start the fifth, but
surrendered a walk to Ross to end the perfect game bid.
Boston finally got to Floyd in the seventh as Pedroia singled and David Ortiz
followed with a double to right before Ross got the Red Sox on the board with
a single through the left side.
Chicago added some insurance with two outs in the eighth. Alexei Ramirez
singled and Kosuke Fukudome drew a walk before Viciedo plated Ramirez to
create some breathing room for the White Sox.
Floyd improved to 7-0 in nine games (eight starts) against Boston...Kevin
Youkilis missed the contest for Boston with lower back tightness...Paul
Konerko was scratched from the White Sox lineup with a stiff neck.
04/29 19:13:19 ET