Floyd a hard-luck loser against Royals

CHICAGO -- It seems Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd never gets the respect he may deserve for his consistent if not spectacular pitching.

After taking the loss in a 3-1 defeat to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, Floyd didn't seem to worry about complaints from mere mortals critiquing his pitching performances.

"I pitch for an audience of one (God). He is excited to watch me pitch," Floyd said. "I just hope we can win when I pitch. Sometimes it happens sometimes it doesn't."

Floyd struck out five over six innings and allowed all three runs in the fifth inning of his 94-pitch outing.

"Other than the one inning he was aggressive," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He threw first-pitch strikes. I thought he pitched well enough to get a win today.”

Floyd had been a very dependable innings eater until last season when he was on the disabled list twice with elbow soreness. Since 2008 he is fifth in the American League in wins, sixth in innings pitched and sixth in quality starts.

"He deserved a better fate today," Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said. "He really threw well and competed. He did a great job of pounding the strike zone and moving the ball in and out which sometimes has been a challenge for him. He definitely made strides today. You want to win the game but at the same time Gavin took a step forward."

Said Floyd: "There are so many things in this game that you can't control. You just go pitch by pitch and give your best out there. I am content with whatever happens. I will just go out there and give my full effort, focus and see what happens."

Floyd, who is in the last year of a four-year contract and club option, is making $9.5 million in 2013. Rumors during the winter had him on the trading block. Due to the unknown length of John Danks' shoulder rehabilitation, the Sox have turned down all requests from other clubs for Floyd's services.