White Sox starters deserve better fate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chicago White Sox starting pitching continues to deliver, leaving the offense’s roller coaster ride as the obvious reason for the team’s inability to get on a win streak.

Gavin Floyd contributed yet another solid start for the rotation, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings in a 2-1 defeat to the Rangers on Wednesday. In fact, the Rangers’ three hits matched their lowest in a victory since Rangers Ballpark in Arlington opened in 1994.

But the motto remains “win as a team, lose as a team,” and Floyd was not about to deviate from the well-worn saying.

“We’re all fighting out there,” Floyd said. “Their pitcher (C.J. Wilson) pitched real well. They just had a couple innings where we were grinding it out trying to produce runs, and it just didn’t happen.”

After Floyd’s outing, White Sox starters now have a 2.40 ERA over the past nine games. The White Sox have lost four of those, including two of the last three to drop their first road series since April 22-24 at Detroit.

Floyd has posted a 3.12 ERA over six road starts this season, but only has a 3-2 record to show for it.

“He’s got probably top five stuff in the league with his cutter and curve ball,” Juan Pierre said of his teammate. “I don’t think he knows how good he can be. He gives us a chance to win every time he goes out. It’s tough when you get such a good performance, and we can’t muster any runs.”

It’s becoming all too common, even as the White Sox have shown distinctly better play this month over last.

“Our offense is really good, good enough to put up a lot of runs,” Floyd said. “Every day our lineup is a threat. Our six [starters] have to go out there and concentrate on what we have to do.”