Astros end White Sox win streak that originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Framber Valdez threw seven solid innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and the Houston Astros defeated the White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday-evening, ending Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
The AL West leading Astros held on after a late lead in the first two games of the series. The White Sox follows AL Central to lead Cleveland by two games.
Valdez (12-4) gave up two runs and seven hits, struckout six and walked three. The southpaw is 4-0 in six starts since losing to Oakland on July 9.
Alvarez drove in Jose Altuve with a sacrifice fly in the first. He singled and scored on Trey Mancini’s sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Chas McCormick added an RBI double in the inning against Michael Kopech (4-9) to put Houston in the top 3-0.
The White Sox scored two in the bottom half on an RBI double by Yoan Moncada and a double-play grounder by Josh Harrison with the bases loaded.
They had runners on first and second base with one out in the eighth against Ryne Stanek. Moncada struckout and Yasmani Grandal made an error to end the threat.
The game was halted for a few minutes in the eighth when a boy skipped into the midfield wall. He clenched his fist as he was escorted off the field.
Ryan Pressly threw the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.
Kopech was nowhere near as dominant after pitching six no-hit innings against Detroit last week. The righthander hit six innings in this one and gave up three runs and five hits. He knocked out two after smelling a career high 11 in his previous start.
Astros: The Astros put OR Aledmys Diaz (left groin discomfort) on the 10-day injured list. He went back to Houston and manager Dusty Baker had no timeline on his return. “I just hope we caught it before it got too serious because they can get quite stuck,” he said. The Astros recalled INF JJ Matijevic from Triple-A Sugar Land.
White Sox: CF Luis Robert (sprained left wrist) had a shot on Tuesday and manager Tony La Russa insisted a stint at the IL is not in the works. “There’s no reason for him to go,” La Russa said. “It’s just a matter of when he can swing normally and not hold back. There’s nothing damaged that we need to protect.” Robert was out of the lineup for the fifth game in a row, although he ran for Eloy Jimenez in the eighth. … The White Sox put INF/OF Leury Garcia (strained lower back) on the 10-day IL and recalled INF Romy Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte. La Russa said he is “very optimistic” that Garcia will be ready to return when eligible.
RHP Lucas Giolito (9-6, 4.92 ERA) tries to win his fourth straight start, while RHP Luis Garcia (9-8, 4.03) gets the ball for Houston as the teams wrap up a four-game streak. Giolito has a 3.71 ERA in his past three outings. Garcia beat Oakland last week after losing his previous three starts.
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