The ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON – Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered, and Charlie Morton won his 11th game as the Houston Astros beat the White Sox, 12-6, on Saturday for their fifth straight win.
Morton (11-2) allowed five runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in 52/3 innings. The right-hander has won four of his past five starts.
James Shields (3-10) tied a season high by allowing eight runs on a season-high 10 hits with nine strikeouts in 52/3 innings for the Sox, who have lost four straight. Shields had allowed one run over his previous two starts.
Gurriel, who also had an RBI single in the eighth, hit a three-run homer to left field to increase Houston’s lead to 4-0 in the third inning.
Josh Reddick had a run-scoring fielder’s choice, and Evan Gattis added an RBI single to push the Astros’ advantage to 6-1 in the fifth. However, Matt Davidson had an RBI single with the bases loaded, and Omar Narvaez followed with a three-run double to pull the Sox within one in the sixth, chasing Morton.
Bregman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the inning extended Houston’s lead back to three. Bregman finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Max Stassi hit an RBI double in the second and an RBI single in the eighth for the Astros. Marwin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the seventh as every Houston starter had a hit.
Avisail Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run on to the train tracks in left in the eighth for the Sox.
Sox: Shortstop Tim Anderson returned to the lineup. Anderson was out Friday after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm the previous day. Anderson went 0 for 4 and reached on an error in the fifth.
Sox: Right-hander Lucas Giolito (5-7) will make his 18th start of the season in the series finale. Giolito is 2-3 with a 7.50 ERA in his past eight stars and gave up nine runs in two innings in his previous start against the Astros on April 21.
Astros: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (5-8) is looking for his third straight win. Keuchel allowed two runs over seven innings in his previous start Tuesday against the Rangers.