The Chicago White Sox five-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night. Houston starter Framber Valdez threw seven solid innings. They produced enough offense via some timely hits and savvy base running. The Astros 3-2 victory got them back in the win column after consecutive late-inning losses.
Valdez threw his 20th consecutive quality start, matching a club record. He went 7.0 innings, and surrendered two runs on seven hits. He fanned six and issued three free passes.
Yordan Alvarez jump started Houston’s offense in the first frame. He opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly that plated Jose Altuve. Altuve led off with a walk and stole two bases. Alvarez later singled and scored on Trey Mancini’s sac fly in the 4th, and Chas McCormick delivered an RBI double after. White Sox starter Michael Kopech was charged with all three runs. He worked 6.0 innings and allowed five hits, two walks, and fanned two.
No Late Night White Sox Magic
The White Sox answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 4th. Yoan Moncada provided more clutch hitting with an RBI double.
Josh Harrison grounded into a double play to plate another run. The White Sox loaded the bases, but Adam Engel struck out to end the threat.
The South Siders failed to convert on an opportunity in the 8th. They had runners on first and second with one out, but Yoan Moncada struck out and Yasmani Grandal fouled out to end the threat.
White Sox Notes
The White Sox were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three double plays.
Luis Robert pinch ran for Eloy Jimenez in the 8th. His first appearance in five games.
The White Sox placed Leury Garcia on the IL with a lower back strain and recalled Romy Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Pale Hose will look to take the series on Thursday afternoon with Lucas Giolito on the mound. Luis Garcia gets the ball for the Astros. You can watch all the action on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame.