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The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox possess two of the lowest-scoring offenses in the AL, though both clubs showed they have some pop in the series opener.

Chris Carter looks to lift Houston to a sixth win in seven meetings with Chicago on Tuesday night.

These last-place clubs combined for only 25 runs as the Astros (44-86) took three of four from the visiting White Sox (54-76) from June 14-17. Neither lineup had much trouble at the plate Monday, though, as Houston earned a wild 10-8 victory.

Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth and Carter followed with his second of the game for the Astros, who also got home runs from Jason Castro and Brett Wallace.

Houston, which blew a five-run lead before storming back, had five homers in its previous four games combined.

"You look at the (White Sox's) five-run (sixth) inning, and for these guys to respond the way they responded it speaks to the resilience of the ballclub," manager Bo Porter said. "I couldn't be more proud of them."

Carter had three hits after going 2 for 20 over his previous six games. He is 6 for 13 with three homers in the last four versus the White Sox, who drafted Carter before trading him to Arizona for Carlos Quentin in December 2007. He was sent to Oakland less than two weeks later.

"It's great to beat the team that drafted you and traded you away when you come back and (hit two homers) here," Carter said.

Chicago (54-76), which has scored the fewest runs in the AL, had won eight of nine prior to Monday.

"It's one of those that you just chalk it up to a bad night," manager Robin Ventura said.

Alejandro De Aza, who had gone 4 for 29 over his previous seven contests, went 4 for 5 while Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn homered. Dunn's two-run shot was his 30th, giving him at least that many for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

The White Sox now look to spoil the first major league start for Houston's Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA), who slides into the rotation spot that opened when Erik Bedard was moved to the bullpen.

The 25-year-old rookie made 30 relief appearances earlier in the season, but he hasn't pitched in the majors since giving up six runs and recording only one out in a 12-6 loss to Toronto on July 26.

Clemens will be opposed by Jose Quintana, who is coming off back-to-back solid outings.

Quintana (7-4, 3.67) beat Minnesota on Aug. 16, giving up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-2 win, before allowing three runs in seven frames of a 4-3, 12-inning victory over Kansas City on Thursday.

The left-hander got into some early trouble in his only start against Houston, giving up two runs and five hits while walking three and tossing 104 pitches in 4 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win June 17.

Tagged: White Sox, Astros, Alejandro De Aza, Chris Carter

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