CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd pitched seven solid innings and Carlos Quentin homered as the Chicago White Sox rocked Fausto Carmona for the second time this season and beat the first-place Cleveland Indians 8-2 on Thursday night.
Floyd (5-3) followed up Jake Peavy’s three-hit shutout on Wednesday night by allowing a run and five hits as the White Sox swept the two-game set with the short-handed Indians.
With Grady Sizemore on the disabled list, Cleveland was also missing DH Travis Hafner for a second straight game with a sore right side and he could be headed to an MRI on Friday. Travis Buck, who was supposed to be the DH, was scratched Thursday with turf toe and replaced by Shelley Duncan.
Carmona (3-4), who was 6-0 against the White Sox from 2008-10, gave up eight runs and seven hits on a foggy night at U.S. Cellular Field. On opening day in Cleveland, he surrendered 11 hits and 10 runs in three innings of a 15-10 loss.
Quentin hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, in the fifth to make it 8-1.
Alexei Ramirez had a bases-loaded double and Adam Dunn a two-run single in the second. Paul Konerko doubled in two runs in the first.
Chicago’s victory was its ninth in 12 games.
Cleveland’s Matt LaPorta hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth off Tony Pena.
In Chicago’s four-run second, Alex Rios and Dallas McPherson singled and when Omar Vizquel bunted, catcher Carlos Santana’s throw to third was late, loading the bases. After a fielder’s choice, Ramirez sent a hard shot past third to make it 4-1 before Dunn delivered the two-run single.
Konerko hit a two-run double in the first after Juan Pierre led off with a double and Ramirez was hit with a pitch after he squared to bunt.
The Indians scored in the first when Asdrubal Cabrera was hit with a pitch, Shin-Soo Choo doubled and Santana hit a sacrifice fly.
Notes: Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said the club plans to recognize Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland and infielder Juan Uribe when they come to town Friday to begin an interleague series. Both were key members of the team’s 2005 World Series championship. ... Indians IF Orlando Cabrera was not with the team as he went to South Carolina to become a U.S. citizen. Cleveland recalled IF Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus and designated RHP Justin Germano for assignment. ... Cabrera started a highlight-reel double play in the eighth, grabbing Vizquel’s grounder with his bare hand and flipping behind his back to second baseman Adam Everett.