White Sox Top Indians

Chicago 3, Cleveland 0

Friday, Jul 22, 2011  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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Chicago White Sox's Carlos Quentin (20) is greeted by teammate Paul Konerko (14) after Quentin's three-run home run of Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the fifth inning.

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Gavin Floyd allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give the Chicago White Sox a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Floyd (8-9) earned his second straight win after going 0-4 over six previous starts. The right-hander struck out five and didn't issue a walk for the first time in 19 starts.

Quentin's 20th homer came off Carlos Carrasco (8-8).

Sergio Santos, the second Chicago reliever, struck out Matt LaPorta on a pitch in the dirt with a runner on second in the ninth for his 19th save in 22 chances to complete the five-hitter.

Matt Thornton replaced Floyd with runners on second and third in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Orlando Cabrera drove his first pitch toward the gap in left-center, but left fielder Juan Pierre made a running catch near the warning track to end Cleveland's best scoring threat.

Thornton gave up a single to Michael Brantley in the ninth, then struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and got Travis Hafner to line out to center before yielding to Santos.

Chicago improved to 12-20 against AL Central opponents by winning for just the sixth time in its last 15 games overall. The second-place Indians have lost five of seven and are 3{ games ahead of the White Sox.

Carrasco worked out of several early jams, stranding two runners in both the first and second innings and leaving the bases loaded in the third.

Quentin ended that in the fifth. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn reached on one-out singles before Quentin belted a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in left for the game's only runs.

Quentin is a key reason why the White Sox are 5-1 this year against Cleveland. He is batting .500 (11 for 22) with three homers and 12 RBIs in the season series.

Floyd retired the first nine Indians. Ezequiel Carrera led off the fourth with a single, but was erased on a double play that featured some fine fielding by Chicago. First baseman Konerko scooped up a sharply hit ball by Brantley at his ankles and threw to shortstop Alexi Ramirez to force Carrera. Ramirez then sidestepped the sliding runner, jumped up and threw to first, where Floyd dug out the low throw to complete the double play.

Carrasco gave up six hits and three runs over 6 1-3 innings, striking out six. After going 4-2 with a 1.90 ERA in June, the right-hander 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA in four July starts.

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