Bregman 2 HRs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, Astros stomp Chisox 21-5

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two homers and two doubles, making a career-high six runs and propelling the Houston Astros past the Chicago White Sox 21-5 on Thursday.

Houston’s run total is tied for second most in team history — the Astros scored 23 goals against Baltimore in 2019.

“I don’t think I’ve been on a team that scored that many points,” said Houston’s Dusty Baker, in his 25th season as manager after a 19-year playing career.

“It was good to come out of here with a split. It was good that we came back the last two games because they were looking at a sweep,” he said.

The Astros finished with 25 hits as Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez tied career highs with four each. Chas McCormick, who had five RBIs, and Trey Mancini homered for the leaders AL West.

White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison pitched the ninth inning and allowed four runs and six hits in his third mound appearance of the season.

“I hate this rule that you can throw a position player,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “There must be a way to avoid this at some point when you go down far. I think it’s a parody for the game. I don’t think the fans like it.

“But it’s our fault. They beat us. They deserve the credit. We take the heat,” he said.

Bregman, who had an eight-game hitting streak Wednesday, scored four times. He had a pair of two-run drives for the fifth multi-home run game of his career and his first since May 28, 2019, against the Cubs.

“I worked really hard in the cage trying to hurt my head to stay closed with every shot I took,” Bregman said. “Today was better.”

Bregman’s big day actually didn’t start so well. He was called on strikes to end the first and had words with plate umpire Ramon DeJesus, who then ejected Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron.

“I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to be fined,” Bregman said.

By late afternoon, Bregman was in a much better mood and signed autographs for fans after the finale.

The Astros have won for the sixth time in their last eight games. They improved to 34-19 against teams with a .500 or better record.

Gavin Sheets had a career-high four hits for the White Sox, who lost for the second straight day and split the four-game series.

“Just a brutal day,” La Russa said.

After totaling eight points in the first three games of the series, the Astros went wild.

Houston scored six times in the fourth inning, chasing down Lucas Giolito (9-7) to take a 10-0 lead. Bregman hit reliever Vince Velasquez to cap off the flurry and again homered in the sixth.

“We made a statement,” McCormick said. “We have a good attack. It’s a good team. We were a bit upset that they beat us the first two times.

Giolito went over three innings, tying his shortest start to the season against Cleveland on July 22, when he allowed six runs on nine hits.

Giolito has allowed 15 runs on 15 hits in two starts against the Astros this season.

Luis Garcia (10-8) blanked Chicago for the first four innings but was pulled after needing 97 pitches to complete five innings. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer in the fifth.

The Astros were in position to score even more. White Sox center fielder AJ Pollock robbed Jose Altuve of extra bases with a catch near the top of the fence in the sixth.


White Sox: They’re expected to announce the signing of veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus before Friday night’s game in Cleveland. Andrus, 33, would provide experience at shortstop following a finger injury suffered by two-time All-Star Tim Anderson, who is not expected to return until late September at the earliest. Andrus is a two-time All-Star and lifetime .270 hitter who was let down by the Athletics after hitting .237 in 106 games. LHP Yoan Aybar was adamant, presumably to make room for Andrus on the 40-man roster.


Astros: INF/OF Aledmys Diaz (left groin discomfort) returned to Houston for further testing. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after injuring his leg in left field on Tuesday.

White Sox: OF Luis Robert (left wrist) missed his sixth straight start, and La Russa believes the condition is actually a bruise instead of a sprain, which was the initial diagnosis. Robert pinched ran on Wednesday and La Russa ruled out a move to IL and said he was staying day-to-day. “We can’t shame him to play because that would be a bad thing,” La Russa said. … LHP Aaron Bummer (left side stump) said he felt good after throwing 26 pitches in his second bullpen session. Bummer plans to throw another bullpen session, followed by at least one mock play before heading to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment. “We’re definitely on the right track,” Bummer said.


Astros: Start RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 0.00) at Atlanta on Friday night in a 2021 World Series rematch. McCullers pitched six shutout innings on Saturday in a win over the Athletics at his debut in the season after recovering from a sprained right flexor tendon.

White Sox: Start RHP Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.62) Friday night in Cleveland. He allowed two runs in six innings Sunday in a win over the Tigers.


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