The unseasonably comfortable weather wasn't the only pleasing aspect Tuesday night for the White Sox.
Gavin Floyd earned his 14th victory before several dozen family members and friends while helping preserve the bullpen in a cozy 8-3 victory at Camden Yards.
With Floyd's effort, Orlando Cabrera's four-hit game and Carlos Quentin's 100th RBI, the Sox maintained sole possession of first place in the American League Central while embarking on a 2-1 start on their 10-game trip.
"When I had the meeting with the players before we start the series [Monday], I didn't want anybody thinking about it or talking about it," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't want anybody complaining about it. We have the trip.
"A lot of people have it the same way. We're good at it. It's the first one we've had in a while. But starting on the right foot, it's great. Now the only thing is that it motivates you for the next game."
Floyd (14-6) has won his last four decisions and coasted through eight innings with a four-hitter.
"Fourteen is nice," said Floyd, who is within one victory from tying Javier Vazquez's team high last year. "I'm just trying to finish this season strong and, hopefully, get into the playoffs. Try to help out our team as much as possible. I'm 0-0 in my mind after every start."
The Sox retrieved the ball Quentin hit for a double in the fourth inning as a memento for his 100th RBI.
"I always say, 'Work hard, it pays off,' " Guillen said of Quentin. "This kid is a workaholic. He never takes anything for granted. Hopefully there are more years to come with 100 RBIs, and his teammates have a lot to do with that.
"I think this kid is outstanding. Not because he has had the kind of year he has. If you have this kid, day in and day out, you see how he prepares and gets ready. You don't see too many [young] guys grab this game the way he does. Some kids go out there and are ready to be in the big leagues and try to enjoy it. He wants to be good."
Cabrera's four hits tied a career high and he was very humble in assessing his transition since moving to the leadoff spot May 5. He has raised his batting average from .220 to .276.
The Sox are 62-40 since Cabrera moved to the leadoff spot.
"Finally," Cabrera said. "I mean, I've been so in and out the whole year. Hopefully, I finish strong and help the team. Just get on base and let the big guys drive me home."
Cabrera admitted he didn't feel entirely comfortable in the leadoff spot until three weeks ago.
"It's true. It's always difficult to get your mind on getting on base, stealing bases and just score runs," he said. "But I think I'm comfortable a couple of months already. It seems like it's working out."