A pair of short home runs into the Crawford Boxes in left field propelled the Houston Astros to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday Night Baseball. The Astros bounced back from a 7-0 loss Saturday to win the series 2-1.
Chicago White Sox Just Didn't Have IT
A one-out RBI single by Kyle Tucker in the first inning opened the scoring. Chicago White Sox starter, Michael Kopech, struck out J.J. Matijevic to end the inning.
Houston starter, Cristian Javier, allowed five hits and one run while tying his season-high of four walks. The White Sox had runners on second and third with one out in the second after a double by Reese McGuire. But the righty retired Josh Harrison and Adam Haseley to escape the jam.
Haseley and Harrison combined to go 1-7 with four strikeouts. It wasn't efficient, to say the least.
A Kid Caught A Homer
J.J. Matijevic, who was hitless in his first eight MLB at-bats, opened the scoring of the fourth inning when he sent a fastball from Michael Kopech into left field for a two-out homer.
You might have heard a bit on the broadcast about the young man that caught the homer. ESPN said he exchanged the ball for six tickets, six batting practice passes, a ball signed by Jose Altuve, and a jersey signed by Justin Verlander.
In his return after leaving his last start with discomfort in his right knee, Kopech allowed four runs on the two homers, and seven hits in total. He fanned four and issued one free pass.
Danny Mendick walked with one out in the fifth inning and scored on a two-out double by Luis Robert that cut the lead to 2-1.
But the Astros quickly answered when Jason Castro singled with no outs in the bottom of the inning. Mauricio Dubon took advantage and homered to left field to make it 4-1.
Another Fake White Sox Rally?
Luis Robert led off the eighth with a broken-bat single. He crossed paths with the ball and had to be avoided by Dubon. Robert would score on a triple by A.J. Pollock.
Pollock was plated on a groundout by Jake Burger that brought the Sox within one, but reliever Héctor Neris struck out Reese McGuire to escape with the lead. Closer Ryan Pressly walked the leadoff batter in the ninth but retired the next three in order and the White Sox rally fell short.
Dusty Baker gained a 106-105 edge vs. Tony La Russa in regular-season matchups dating to 1996.
The Houston Astros' hitting coach, Alex Cintron, was ejected for arguing balls and strikes early on.
The Chicago White Sox finished the road trip with a 4-2 record.
What's On Tap Next?
The White Sox return home to face the Blue Jays for a three-game set. Lance Lynn will make his home debut and familiar foe, Jose Berrios, will take the mound for Toronto. The 7:10 PM game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Net Chicago.