After his third game-winning hit in 12 games with the White Sox, Kevin Youkilis was talking about his new-found popularity in Chicago.

"You can be popular one week and ... bomb the next," he said. "This game's crazy and you've just got to keep grinding it out."

Gavin Floyd can attest to that: Popular one start, bombing in the next.

So if Youkilis could run for mayor of the South Side — ceding the North Side to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo — then Floyd could be his assistant after they combined Saturday to lead the Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays, the 11th win in the last 14 tries for the surging first-place Sox.

"It's great," Youkilis said about the good times he has experienced since his change from Red Sox to White. "It's good to get wins every time we're out here, but in the fashion we're doing it. Close games, there's only been one blowout. That's the key to being on top, winning the close games."

The close ones are coming in part because of Youkilis, who smacked a two-run homer over the center-field fence in the fifth inning, giving him 13 RBIs in 12 games with the Sox.

And then there's the Jekyll-and-Hyde Floyd. His ERA in seven victories this season is 1.35. His ERA in eight losses is 7.97.