White Sox vs. Astros – Match Recap – June 20, 2021
HOUSTON – – Dallas Keuchel lost in his first appearance against Houston, and Abraham Toro had four career-high hits to lead the Astros over the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Sunday for their seventh straight victory.
Keuchel, the two-time All-Star for the Astros who helped the franchise win its first World Series title in 2017, won the 2015 AL Cy Young award with Houston. He went 76-63 in seven seasons with the Astros and left after the 2019 season to sign a three-year, $ 55.5 million contract with Chicago.
Keuchel (6-2) tied a season high by allowing six runs – three earned – in 2 2/3 innings, the lowest of the season, as leaders AL Central lost their fourth high of after. He allowed seven hits and four walks, starting after throwing 41 shots in the third.
He received a video tribute Thursday at the show’s opening, and the 39,821 crowd gave him a standing ovation when it released on Sunday.
The 33-year-old southpaw was 5-0 in eight starts since an April 30 loss to Cleveland.
Toro, a 24-year-old who made his big-league debut in August 2019, has gone 7 to 11 since being raised from minors last week. He was 1 in 12 in an April call-up and hit .352 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games at Triple-A Sugar Land.
He hit an RBI single in the infield in the first) and added three more singles before taking out.
Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1) allowed two runs and two hits in six innings and Carlos Correa scored for the Astros, on their longest winning streak since winning eight in a row from 12-20 last august.
McCullers won his third straight decision and allowed three runs or less in each of his last eight starts.
Jake Lamb’s two-run homerun put the White Sox ahead in the second, but Houston took a 6-2 lead in the third, when Yordan Álvarez hit a two-run single, Taylor Jones netted an RBI brace. , Keuchel walked José Altuve with bases loaded and reliever Matt Foster walked Chas McCormick with bases full.
Correa had a home run in the fourth and Michael Brantley had a single RBI in the fifth.
Astros: OF Kyle Tucker, who is on the injured list due to health and safety protocols, said he does not have COVID-19 but is working to regain his strength from the ‘a sickness. Manager Dusty Baker said on Saturday that Tucker probably wouldn’t be activated until Monday.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.86 ERA) is set to make his 15th start of the season on Tuesday when Chicago travels to Pittsburgh for a two-game streak. Giolito is 4-7 with a 5.49 ERA in 14 tie starts.
Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68) will start Monday to open a three-game series in Baltimore. Odorizzi pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday in relief against the Rangers and allowed three runs or less in each of his last five appearances.