Gavin Floyd figured out a way to win a game, even with that anemic White Sox offense:
Pitch 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball.
American League Central.
It was the second time this season Floyd has flirted with a no-hitter, this one going into the ninth before Joe Mauer crunched a slider into the left-field gap that eluded the glove of diving center fielder Nick Swisher.
How close did Swisher come as 23,480 fans held their breath at U.S. Cellular Field?
"Not close enough," he said. "I didn't make the catch, but I was going for it. … I have never been a part of anything like that.
"The win is great for us, but I wanted that for Gavin."
On April 12, Floyd no-hit the Tigers for 71/3 innings and was removed from the game after giving up a hit. He left after 81/3 this time, but unlike the first time he already had allowed a run when the Twins scored a fourth-inning run thanks to a walk, an error and sacrifice fly.
Is it inevitable Floyd someday will get those final two outs?
"Who knows?" Floyd said. "It's out of your control. I'm out there trying to throw strikes and get people out. You never know what's going happen.
"Hopefully I throw a no-hitter, but we got the win."
And it was a badly needed victory, what with the Sox's offense hitting just .189 over the previous 10 games.
"Our pitching staff has been doing a tremendous job," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The way they throw right now, it makes me upset and sad [the bats] don't help."
But the offense was back in a higher gear with 11 hits and starting first- and fourth-inning rallies with walks. Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye each had a pair of RBIs and new leadoff man Orlando Cabrera scored a pair of runs.
"We did what we were doing at the beginning of the season," Guillen said. "We made those guys pitch, we didn't swing at too many bad pitches, we got base hits with two outs. Our problem was we were swinging at everything thrown to us, then we got a little bit anxious, got deep in a hole and couldn't come out."
Floyd didn't dominate from the beginning, walking back-to-back batters in the first inning, then limiting the damage with two straight fielder's-choice ground outs.
The best defensive play came on the last out of the fifth inning when shortstop Cabrera gloved Carlos Gomez's grounder behind second base and fired to first for the out.
He retired 13 in a row before Mauer's hit, which prompted Guillen to call on Bobby Jenks for the final two outs.
"He got better as the game went on," said catcher A. J. Pierzynski, who caught Mark Buehrle's no-hitter on April 12 last season. "At the start he wasn't very good at all."
Pierzynski broke an 0-for-15 skid with a pair of hits. Juan Uribe, hitting .181 at game time, also had two hits. Dye hit a homer to lead off the sixth inning that gave the Sox a league-high 28 solos for the season.
The offense had prompted calls for changes in personnel and for the head of hitting coach Greg Walker.
"We don't need [new] hitters, we don't need a [new] hitting coach, we just need to swing at better pitches," Guillen said. "That's all we have to do."
Plus, get near-perfect pitching like Tuesday night.
White Sox 7, Twins 1
Floyd's second near-no-hitter leads White Sox past Twins
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