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Floyd showing signs he ready to make a run

CLEVELAND –There was a time just last year when Gavin Floyd was about as good as anybody for a two-month stretch.

He has started to show similar form after just two outings in the second half.

Floyd beat the Cleveland Indians on Friday with 7 2/3 scoreless innings and has now given up just one earned run in two starts (14 1/3 innings) in since the All-Star break. Even more impressive is that those starts came against Detroit and Cleveland, the two teams the White Sox are chasing in the American League Central.

“We need that one,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We need a great run from somebody, go out there and shut people down and give us the opportunity right away. Like I say, we got 60 games left and we have to go with best we can, as hard as we can and see what happens. We have to go the right way.”

Last season Floyd went 12 consecutive starts without allowing more than two earned runs from June 8-Aug. 1. It was the longest such streak from a White Sox pitcher since 1952.

He hasn’t been nearly as good this season, until now.

“You get in different grooves every year,” said Floyd, who improved to 8-9 with a 4.11 ERA. “You try to continue to keep pushing and working hard. Try to make pitches. The start is already behind me and I’ll focus on the next one.”