The Chicago White Sox are making a habit of playing from behind during this homestand. They also have plenty of experience doing so when Gavin Floyd starts.
Floyd takes the mound Sunday when the White Sox try to complete a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners .
Chicago won its fifth straight with a 5-4 victory Saturday. The White Sox rallied from a three-run, first-inning deficit, with Tyler Flowers hitting a tying home run and Dewayne Wise driving in the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Flowers entered in the third when starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski and manager Robin Ventura were ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
"It was a little different for sure, but it all worked out and we got the win," Flowers said. "That's the most important thing."
The White Sox have given up at least one run in the first inning of four of their five wins on this homestand, which ends Sunday. They were behind 1-0 Friday after the first and then blew a 7-2 lead in the ninth before winning 9-8.
Chicago maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central and improved to 7-1 against Seattle this year. It has won 23 of 27 overall versus the Mariners.
The White Sox are trying to complete their first undefeated homestand of at least six games since July 2010, but could use a good outing from Floyd (9-9, 4.56 ERA), who only went 2 1-3 innings against New York last Monday.
Floyd allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and hit a batter on 58 pitches in his shortest outing of the season before Chicago eventually won 9-6. It was the fifth time in six starts Floyd has fallen behind an opponent.
"Gav just didn't look like he had it," Ventura said of the quick pull on Floyd. "He was struggling to find location. This isn't one of those teams you can put guys on."
The right-hander had another ugly outing against the Mariners on June 2, allowing five runs, nine hits and four home runs in five innings of a 10-8 loss in 12 innings. He had a 1.27 ERA over his five prior starts against Seattle.
Kyle Seager is 0 for 6 against Floyd, but he homered twice and drove in four runs Saturday.
The Mariners (61-66) have lost their last two following an eight-game winning streak. All of those victories were at home, though, and they have dropped seven of nine on the road.
Looking to avoid getting being swept, Seattle will hand the ball to Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29), who hasn't had much success against the White Sox, going 1-7 with a 3.82 ERA.
While Millwood hasn't had much help in those outings, averaging 3.2 runs of support, he wasn't sharp in losing both his outings against them this season. He gave up four runs, walked five and hit a batter in four innings of a 4-2 loss on June 3.
The right-hander is looking to build off two solid starts - both Seattle wins. He allowed three runs in six innings of a 5-3 victory over Cleveland on Monday, but didn't factor in the decision and is winless in his last four starts.
Millwood is 0-4 with a 7.00 ERA in his last seven road starts going back to May.
Adam Dunn , who went 0 for 4 Saturday, is 9 for 22 with six homers in his career against Millwood.
|August 25, 2012||Michael Saunders||Day-to-Day||Sore groin|
|August 13, 2012||Mike Carp||Day-to-Day||Hip injury|
|August 13, 2012||Mike Carp||15-Day DL||Strained left groin muscle|
|August 06, 2012||Brendan Ryan||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
|July 18, 2012||Charlie Furbush||15-Day DL||Strained left triceps|
|July 18, 2012||Charlie Furbush||15-Day DL||Strained left triceps|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 25, 2012||Dayan Viciedo||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder soreness|
|August 19, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 18, 2012||Alejandro De Aza||15-Day DL||Bruised left ribcage|
|August 16, 2012||Orlando Hudson||15-Day DL||Left foot contusion|
|August 14, 2012||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left biceps inflammation|
|August 12, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Sore left forearm|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nate Jones is willing to put up with whatever grief his teammates dish out - as long as it means wins for the Chicago White Sox.
Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead homer just before the final downpour and Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in a rain-shortened game Sunday for its sixth straight victory.
Jones (7-0) escaped a seventh-inning jam after inheriting runners on first and third with nobody out. He earned his second win in two days.
"As a reliever, if you get the win they usually call you `The Vulture' for the next day or two," Jones said. "But any way that we can get the wins as a team is what we want, no matter who gets it, the starter or the reliever.
"They pick on me a little bit. It happens. But I'll take it."
The young flamethrower struck out Trayvon Robinson looking after inducing a pair of soft popups. The Mariners had won 10 of 11 before being swept by Chicago.
All three games were decided by one run.
"With his stuff, he's one of those guys that can do that," White Sox slugger Paul Konerko said, referring to Jones. "It was big because it was a game-changing situation right there. He kept us in it."
The White Sox retained their 2 1/2-game lead in the AL Central over the Tigers, who beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd , however, left after two innings with right elbow discomfort.
Floyd said it was in the same area that cost him a stint on the disabled list in July. He will remain in Chicago to have tests done on Monday.
"It kind of started bothering me a little bit in the first inning, late in the first. And then the second inning, it really started to kind of affect me," Floyd said. "I felt it every time I threw a breaking pitch or even a fastball a little bit."
Capser Wells hit a two-run homer for Seattle.
Immediately following a 6-minute rain delay in the seventh inning, Flowers launched a two-run shot off Kevin Millwood to lead first-place Chicago to its second consecutive series sweep.
Rain continued to pour until the tarp was put on to stay two batters later, and the game was called after a wait of nearly 2 hours.
The start was delayed for 1 hour, 51 minutes due to showers that persisted throughout the game before it was finally stopped.
"You can't draw this up. Guys just battled," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "With everybody in the bullpen and what they're doing, it's nice."
Floyd allowed a pair of singles to start the game, and Dustin Ackley scored on Jesus Montero 's infield single. Floyd limited the first-inning damage to one run despite giving up three hits and a walk.
He pitched a 1-2-3 second, but did not return for the third. The team announced right elbow discomfort for the 29-year-old, who was relieved by Hector Santiago .
Santiago was flawless through his first two innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Wells sent a 3-2 pitch into the left-center seats following Justin Smoak 's leadoff single. It was his eighth home run of the year.
Millwood (4-11) allowed four runs - three earned - over 6 2-3 innings. He has just one win in his last 16 starts.
"I wish we could have finished it off," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Our kids are playing so hard right now. They're fighting. We could have won all three of these games, too."
Alex Rios reached 20 homers and 20 steals in the second inning when he stole second base. He later scored on Jordan Danks ' sacrifice fly.
Rios joined Ray Durham and Magglio Ordonez , who both accomplished the feat in 2001, as the only White Sox players to have at least 30 doubles, 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season.
Rios also went 20-20 in 2010 with Chicago, finishing with 29 doubles.
Kevin Youkilis tripled home a run in the third inning. Seattle right fielder Eric Thames misplayed the shallow liner that bounced all the way to the wall as Ray Olmedo scored from first.
NOTES: Ventura was unsure if his ejection from Saturday's win over the Mariners would yield a suspension. He was tossed in the third inning after catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Ventura said he didn't bump umpire Jim Joyce despite an aggressive argument. "It was more of a dance than it was a bump," Ventura said. ... White Sox LF Dayan Viciedo (shoulder) was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day. Ventura said Viciedo felt soreness in his right shoulder during batting practice Saturday. The injury is considered minor. ... Mariners CF Michael Saunders missed a second straight start due to a groin issue. He was injured Friday. Manager Eric Wedge said he hopes Saunders can start Monday in Minnesota. The Mariners will send Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.54 ERA) to the mound against the Twins' Liam Hendricks (0-6, 7.06). ... Francisco Liriano (5-10, 5.12) starts for the White Sox on Monday in Baltimore against Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.87).