White Sox Blank Royals 5-0
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd put on a pitching clinic Friday night, en route to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.
Floyd (3-3, 2.53 ERA) allowed just two hits through his first seven innings. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up five hits, struck out five, and walked two.
The White Sox (16-17, 6-9 home) got on the board early, with a solo home run from designated hitter Adam Dunn in the first inning.
The Royals (11-20, 7-7 away) had the bases loaded with one out in the second and eighth innings. DH Billy Butler and first baseman Eric Hosmer both struck out to end the eighth.
Royals starter Felipe Paulino (1-1, 3.09 ERA) surrendered four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Luke Hochevar (2-3, 9.00 ERA) will start against White Sox left-handed pitcher Chris Sale (3-1, 2.73 ERA) on Saturday for game two at U.S. Cellular Field.