Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale bounced back from his worse outing of the season, giving up four hits and one run and struck out 12 in eight innings for a 6-1 Sox victory over the Houston Astros Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Leury Garcia regained the lead for the Sox in the seventh inning. He walked, stole second, advanced on a throwing error and then escaped the tag to score on Jeff Keppinger’s sacrifice fly to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
Avisail Garcia added a three-run home run in the seventh and Leury Garcia a sacrifice fly to score Dayan Viciedo in the eighth en route to the Sox fifth straight series win.
The Sox gave Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) a small lead early in the ballgame.
The first three Sox batters reached off Astros rookie right-hander Jarred Cosart (1-0, 1.59 ERA) and Paul Konerko’s RBI single drove in Leury Garcia for a 1-0 Sox lead in the first inning.
Chris Carter hit a solo home run in the seventh the lone Astros run on the night off Sale.
Cosart gave up seven hits and one run, struck one four and walked five in six innings.
Sox left-hander Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25 ERA) and Boston Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77 ERA) are the projected starters for the three-game series opener in Boston on Friday at 6:10 p.m. CT (CSN, WSCR 670).