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Rays end Sox streak as Floyd goes on DL

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The White Sox would have had enough to deal with Saturday facing Tampa Bay Rays star left hander Matt Moore, the major league leader in ERA.
But losing to Moore and the Rays 10-4 and the end of their three-game win streak became secondary to the loss of starter Gavin Floyd to an elbow injury.
``He has a strain right now, but it's one of those looking more like a DL stint like he had last year,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``It keeps coming,'' he said of the Sox mounding injury list. ``You have to find a way to keep going.''
Floyd left the game in the third after two outs and having thrown one strike to Evan Longoria, walking off the mound with trainer Herm Schneider and Ventura.
The injury is described as a strain of the flexor muscle in his right elbow--the same injury he had last August and caused 15 days on the disabled list.
It was the second time he was sidelined last season with elbow problems, going on the disabled list in July with elbow tendinitis.
The Sox will turn to lefty Hector Santiago to take Floyd's spot in the rotation, Santiago working 3 2/3 innings after Floyd left on Saturday.
The Sox will recall righthander Deunte Heath from Class AAA Charlotte to take Santiago's role in middle relief.
``You hope [Floyd] is healthy and comes back soon, but it looks like I'll fill in for a few starts,'' Santiago said. ``It seems every day something happens and someone goes down, but it's part of the game and you have to keep going.''
The Sox already have five players sidelined, with worries about infielder Jeff Keppinger's ailing back also continuing.
``You just keep going. You have no choice,'' Ventura said. ``You find another guy and keep going. It's disappointing not to have guys you think will be there for you, but they don't stop the schedule. You just keep going.'
Floyd took the loss to drop to 0-4 and go through his first winless April. In his four starts, he has received eight runs of support.
The Rays pounded out 19 hits while Moore and four relievers struck out 14, a season high for the team.
Moore (5-0) was the dominating pitcher getting nine strikeouts, including six straight in the first and second after walking leadoff man Alejandro De Aza.
He became the fifth pitcher age 23 or younger since 1980 to win five games by the end of April and tied his club's franchise record for victories in one month.
Moore leads the majors in opponent batting average (.120) and has a major league best 1.13 ERA.
He also won his last start last season, also at U.S. Cellular Field.
Adam Dunn's solo home run (fifth) in the fourth was the first hit off Moore and the only run for the Sox until the eighth when they scored three in the eighth off Kyle Farnsworth.
``Moore looked good last year, too,'' Ventura said of the 23-year-old lefty. ``Nothing looks the same from him because he changes your eye level, goes in and out, changes speeds. He does everything.''
Ventura said Santiago's 3 2/3 innings should be enough to ``stretch him out'' for Floyd's next scheduled start. Monday's off day also will help the rotation get extra rest.
Santiago was hit hard, allowing 10 hits and giving up four runs.
``You try to stretch him out to get him used to it,'' Ventura said. ``That was a lot for him from where he was and now where he's [going]. Hopefully that's enough for him because I don't necessarily want to give him any more work [before starting.]''
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