Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 5, White Sox 3

Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.

How it happened: White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd again had troubles. He allowed eight hits, five runs and four walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. It was the sixth consecutive game Floyd allowed four or more runs. He’s given up 35 runs in his past six starts, and his ERA has risen to 5.63. Adam Dunn got the White Sox within striking distance with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but they couldn’t pull any closer. It was Dunn’s 22nd home run of the season, and he is now tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead.

What it means: The White Sox benefitted from another Cleveland Indians and remained 1 ½ games up on the Indians in the division. The problem is the Detroit Tigers are getting back into the picture. With the Tigers’ win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, they pulled within four games. The Tigers have won four out of their last five games.

Outside the box: The White Sox are still five games over .500, but they have cooled off a bit. They’ve now lost their last three series and six of their last nine games.

Up next: The White Sox continue their road trip Friday and travel to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chris Sale (8-2, 2.05) will start for the White Sox, and Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.65) will start for the Dodgers.