Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter hit back-to-back home runs off Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a 10-8 victory over the Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Astros took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, Jason Castro hit a solo home run to left field off Sox starter Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.29 ERA). It was Castro’s 18th home run of the season. Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia then failed to grab Brandon Barnes’ single, allowing two Astros runs.
Sox rookie catcher Josh Phegley hit a lead-off single off Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 3.43 ERA) and scored on Gordon Beckham’s groundout to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the third inning.
Brett Wallace hit a solo home run in the fourth and Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in fifth to extend the Astros’ lead to 6-1.
In the bottom half of the inning, Jeff Keppinger hit his fourth home run of the season to left field and Alejandro De Aza scored on a fielding error to cut the Astros’ lead to 6-3. Astros right fielder L.J. Hoes dropped Beckham’s fly ball at the warning track allowing De Aza to score.
Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run to right field in the sixth to end Oberholtzer’s outing and cut the Astros’ lead to 7-5. It was his 30th home run of the season.
The Sox took a 8-7 lead in the sixth inning. Phegley hit an RBI single; Dayan Viciedo scored the tying run on a balk by relief pitcher David Martinez to tie the game and De Aza’s RBI single gave the Sox their first lead on the night.
Carter’s RBI single in the seventh tied it at 8-8. With two outs in the ninth and bases loaded Garcia struck out to end the ballgame.
Garica returned to the lineup Monday after running into the outfield fence while trying to grab Jeff Baker’s home run in Sunday’s game.
The Sox are now 8-2 in the last 11 days.
Rienzo allowed nine hits and five earned runs, struck out four and walked three in six innings. Oberholtzer went five and one-third innings and, gave up eight hits and four earned runs, struck out three and walked one.
Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67 ERA) and Astros right-hander Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA) are the projected starters for game-two of the series on Tuesday in Chicago at 7:10 p.m. CT (CSN, WSCR 670).