05/20 23:03 CDT Marisnick, White homer as Astros beat White Sox 3-0
Marisnick, White homer as Astros beat White Sox 3-0
By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) --- The Houston Astros continued to pile up home runs on Monday
night, even without their top slugger.
Jake Marisnick and Tyler White homered and Brad Peacock had another solid start
to lead the Astros over the Chicago White Sox 3-0.
With George Springer, who leads the American League with 17 homers, out with a
stiff back the Astros got pop from the bottom of the lineup to give them at
least one homer in 17 straight games. They have 40 home runs in that span, and
the two long balls Monday night helped them to their 11th win in 12 games.
"Jake has really taken off recently with getting good pitches to hit," manager
AJ Hinch said. "We always feel good about whoever we have up there ... we
certainly feel good about the middle of our order no matter who it is and the
same thing for the bottom of the order."
Peacock (5-2) allowed two hits and fanned nine in five innings for his third
straight win. He has allowed just two runs combined in his last three starts
after giving up 11 combined in his previous three outings.
"He threw everything tonight where he wanted to, which is exciting for him and
certainly productive for him," Hinch said. "Other than the last inning when he
threw literally a third of his pitches to get through the fifth, he was in
complete control. They made him really work at the end, which got him out of
Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth to extend his MLB-record streak of
appearances without allowing a run to 40, and Roberto Osuna gave up a hit in
the ninth, preserving the shutout and earning his 12th save.
The Astros bounced back for their eighth win in a row against the White Sox
after a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday snapped a 10-game winning streak.
Houston has the best record in the majors at 32-16 after going 14-4 this month.
The White Sox used five pitchers on a bullpen day which began with Ryan Burr
(1-1), who had made 22 relief appearances in two seasons with the team, but
whose last start came at Arizona State on Feb. 23, 2014. He allowed one hit and
one run --- which was unearned, in two innings.
Despite the loss White Sox manager Rick Renteria was pleased that his pitchers
performed well enough that it didn't leave the bullpen overtaxed for the rest
of the four-game series.
"A starter gives you six innings and (gives up) three runs, it's a quality
start," he said. "So today our bullpen gave us nine innings of three-run ball;
it's a quality start for the bullpen."
Burr walked Alex Bregman with one out in the first before a single by Michael
Brantley. Right fielder Charlie Tilson made an error on Brantley's hit to allow
Bregman to reach third. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when Bregman scored on a
sacrifice fly by Carlos Correa.
Jace Fry took over for Burr to start the third and Marisnick sent his first
pitch sailing over the seats in left field for his fifth homer to make it 2-0.
Jose Ruiz was pitching with one out in the fourth when White's first home run
of the season pushed the lead to 3-0.
Astros: INF Aledmys Diaz is expected to return on Tuesday after missing the
last two games with a sore left hamstring. ... 2B Jose Altuve, who has been out
since May 10 with a strained left hamstring, took batting practice on the field
on Monday and could be headed for a rehabilitation assignment soon. ...
Springer, who left Sunday's game with stiffness in his lower back, had an MRI
on Monday which was negative, and Hinch said he should return in a day or two.
White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez was reinstated from the 10-day injured list before
Monday's game, taking the roster spot of OF Nicky Delmonico, who was optioned
to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Jimenez has been on the injured list since
April 28 after sustaining a high ankle sprain two days earlier.
HOME SWEET HOME
Houston's win on Monday gives the team a 17-4 record at home, which is the best
home winning percentage in the majors.
Osuna has converted all of his save opportunities this season and has converted
24 straight since he was traded to the Astros last summer, which is tied with
Brad Lidge (2005) for the longest streak in franchise history.
White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (0-2, 4.41 ERA) will start for Chicago on Tuesday.
Covey did not factor in the decision after allowing two hits and two runs in 5
2/3 innings against Toronto in his last start.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (7-1, 2.38) is scheduled to start for Houston on
Tuesday. Verlander yielded two hits and one run in seven innings against
Detroit for his third straight win the last time out.
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