It's rare to get ahead of Chris Sale. The Houston Astros got that chance on Saturday but couldn't hold on to a lead in a 7-6 loss to Chicago at Minute Maid Park. The Astros break their four game winning streak as a result of key hitting from the likes of former Astros farmhand J.B. Shuck.
The opening score of the game came from the current American League Player of the Month Jose Altuve. Altuve was getting a day off from the field as the designated hitter, and jumped all over a Sale pitcher in the first inning. Altuve blasted his 14th home run of the season.
The White Sox were working the count and working over Astros starter Doug Fister. Todd Frazier and Alex Avila scored on a Dioner Navarro triple -- putting Chicago up 2-1.
The White Sox attempted play add-on the third inning but Adam Eaton was thrown out by Jake Marisnick attempting to score to end the inning.
The Astros used small-ball to get ahead of Sale in the fourth inning. Danny Worth walked and moved to second on a Jake Marisnick single. Worth up to third base on a sacrifice fly from George Springer. Marwin Gonzalez pulled a safety squeeze to score Worth. Altuve followed with second RBI of the game with a single allowing Marisnick to score. Carlos Correa capped things off with a single to right field that allowed Altuve come across for the third run of the inning.
The Astros led 4-3 after three innings.The White Sox answered back.
Shuck hit his third home run of the season in the fourth inning. Navarro flipped a pitch to the right side with two runners in scoring position -- scoring both runners and putting the White Sox up 5-4.
Tony Sipp gave up a triple to Shuck and a double to Tim Anderson, allowing the White Sox to put up a 7-4 lead in the eighth.
The Astros attempted to answer in the eighth inning. Springe singled and Gonzalez ripped a ball past Todd Frazier at third into the corner to put two runners in scoring position. Altuve smacked the first pitch he saw for a sacrifice fly, pulling Houston with in one.
A.J. Reed pinch hit and hit his first home run of his major league career off White Sox closer David Robertson. But a second pitch hitter Colby Rasmus couldn't follow with a matching home run to tie the game.
Sale allowed four earned runs (five runs) on six hits and struck out nine. Fister gave up five earned runs on nine hits and 4 2/3 inning Michael Feliz struck out seven over three inning. Robertson picked up his 22nd save.