Smith powers White Sox past struggling Astros

Sports Xchange

August 08, 2017 at 9:06 pm.

CHICAGO — Kevan Smith doubled, homered and drove in four runs, and the Chicago White Sox held on for an 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Avisail Garcia, Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson each added two hits apiece as the White Sox (42-68) matched their highest run total since June 30 while snapping a six-game losing streak.

Alex Bregman hit a three-run triple to lead the Astros. Houston (71-41) lost for the seventh time in 10 games but still owns the best record in the American League.

White Sox left-hander Derek Holland (6-11) earned his first victory since June 13 despite issuing a season-high seven walks. He allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, and he struck out five.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (9-2) surrendered eight runs on 10 hits in four innings. He has given up 14 runs in three starts over 12 innings since a stint on the disabled list caused by a neck ailment.

Right-hander Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season and his first with the White Sox.

Houston cut the deficit to 8-5 in the seventh behind solo home runs by Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel. Both players homered off Chicago right-hander Jake Petricka, who relieved Holland.

The White Sox jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Keuchel struggled with his command. Avisail Garcia, Yoan Moncada and Leury Garcia each drove in a run during the outburst, which included four hits and one walk for Chicago.

Houston evened the score at 3 thanks to Bregman’s two-out, bases-loaded triple in the second. Bregman’s line drive to right-center field scored Marwin Gonzalez, Brian McCann and Jake Marisnick.

The White Sox battered Keuchel again in the third to regain a 6-3 edge. Smith hit a two-run double down the left field line, and Adam Engel drove in another run with a single to left field.

One inning later, Smith clubbed a two-run homer into the left field bleachers to make it 8-3.

Engel robbed McCann of a home run in the fourth with a tremendous catch in left-center field. The rookie leaped at the warning track and extended his glove high above the wall for the grab.

NOTES: Astros OF George Springer took part in a rigorous workout before the game, and he could return from the 10-day disabled list before the end of the series against the White Sox, manager A.J. Hinch said. Springer has been out since July 25 with discomfort in his left quadriceps. … White Sox OF Avisail Garcia was activated from the 10-day disabled list and went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Garcia missed 12 games because of a strained ligament in his right thumb. … White Sox 3B/DH Matt Davidson was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, because of a bruised right wrist. … Astros SS Alex Bregman notched an extra-base hit for the ninth consecutive game. Bregman moved within one game of the franchise-record streak set by Richard Hidalgo in 2000.