Dominguez, Carter hit HRs in 9th, Astros beat WSox
Jordan Lyles warmed up in the Houston Astros’ bullpen, watching
the Chicago White Sox load the bases with two outs in the ninth
inning and realizing the situation he was about to be thrust
With the Astros clinging to a two-run lead, Lyles was called on
to get the final out in his first career save opportunity. He
worked back from a 3-0 count against Chicago’s Avisail Garcia and
struck him out looking to give the Astros the 10-8 win Monday night
for their third win in four games.
Lyles was available in the bullpen with Houston using a six-man
rotation and it being his day to throw a side. The right-hander,
who was the Astros’ third pitcher of the ninth, said he couldn’t
recall saving a ballgame at any level of his baseball career.
”It’s just one of those last-minute things,” Lyles said. ”I
fell behind 3-0 and started to throw the ball over the plate.
Luckily (Garcia) took the last pitch and (home plate umpire Adrian
Johnson) called it a strike.”
Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the
ninth inning and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of
the game to put the Astros in position for the win.
Houston squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 – after
Chicago scored five in the sixth inning – before tying the score on
Carter’s RBI single in the seventh.
White Sox reliever Addison Reed (5-2) struck out Jose Altuve and
Jason Castro to open the ninth before Dominguez put Houston back
ahead with his 19th homer, a shot to left field on a 1-0 pitch.
”I felt awesome out there,” Reed said. ”I felt great. I felt
I had everything working and made a couple bad pitches. I hung a
slider to Dominguez and he made me pay for it.”
Carter then added his 25th of the season.
”You look at the five-run inning and for these guys to respond
the way they responded it speaks to the resilience of the
ballclub,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. ”I couldn’t be more
proud of them.”
David Martinez (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings to get his first
major league win, recovering after surrendering three runs in the
Carter finished 3 for 4 with the two homers and four RBIs in his
third career multihomer game. His two-run homer in the fifth gave
the Astros a 6-1 lead before the White Sox rallied for the lead. It
was sweet redemption for Carter against his former
”It’s great to beat the team that drafted you and traded you
away when you come back here and (hit two homers) here,” Carter
Jeff Keppinger homered to start the bottom of the fifth and
right fielder L.J. Hoes dropped Gordon Beckham’s fly ball near the
wall, which would have been the third out of the inning, allowing a
run to score pulling Chicago within three. Alejandro De Aza
finished with four hits to tie his career high set July 20 against
Brandon Barnes opened the top of the sixth with a double,
advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Andre Rienzo’s
wild pitch to push the lead to 7-3.
The White Sox then took the lead with five runs in the bottom of
Dunn had a two-run homer, his 30th of the season, to become the
second left-handed hitter in White Sox history to have consecutive
30- homer seasons. Jim Thome did it previously from 2006-08.
Martinez came on with one out and gave up a single to Keppinger,
a double to Dayan Viciedo and an RBI single to Josh Phegley.
Martinez then balked to allow Viciedo to score the tying run and De
Aza’s RBI single to left against a drawn-in infield put Chicago
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer allowed only one run through
four but failed to get out of the sixth and exited after giving up
five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Beckham had a
run-scoring grounder in the third to get the White Sox on the
There was plenty of sloppy play between the teams with the two
worst records in the American League. The White Sox and Astros
combined for three errors leading to three unearned runs, three
wild pitches, a balk and countless mental mistakes.
The Astros took the lead with three runs in the second inning
off Rienzo. Castro led off with a solo home run, and Garcia’s
fielding error on Barnes’ single allowed two runs to score. Rienzo
allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in six innings with
two wild pitches.
”He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been earlier by any means,” White
Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ”It’s one of those that you just
chalk it up to a bad night.”
NOTES: White Sox OF Garcia returned to the lineup Monday after
leaving Sunday’s game during the fourth inning against Texas.
Garcia collided with the right-field fence on Jeff Baker’s two-run
homer and was removed from the game after getting checked out by a
White Sox trainer and manager Robin Ventura. Garcia said he felt
better Monday. Ventura explained that Garcia came out of Sunday’s
game because of a dehydration issue and it was not concussion
related. … One day after getting ejected by crew chief Jerry
Layne while exchanging the pregame lineup card, White Sox bench
coach Mark Parent admitted he ”pretty much knew” he would be
ejected for his comments. Parent, whose ejection was his second of
the season and third of his career, did not reveal what he said to
Lane but acknowledged it stemmed from Saturday’s game against
Texas. … RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA) will be recalled from
Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Tuesday’s game. The Astros will
announce a corresponding move. . Astros manager Bo Porter said he
would ”have to wait for the evaluation” by team doctors before
knowing more about the status of C Max Stassi, on the seven-day
concussion disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 23. … Astros OF
Robbie Grossman’s two-out double in the fourth inning Monday
extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.