CHICAGO (AP) — Yoán Moncada hit the single in the eighth inning for the second straight game, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night.
While the showdown between AL Cy Young Award contenders Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander didn’t live up to its billing, the White Sox came away with their fifth straight win. They moved in a game from AL Central leader Cleveland.
Moncada hit a game-breaking two-run single in Monday’s 4-2 victory. This time, Chicago had a runner in third when he singled to center against Héctor Neris (4-4) to make it 4-3.
Quitting went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits. The 26-year-old right-hander had broken a major league record with 14 consecutive starts without allowing more than one earned run.
Verlander, leading the majors in wins and ERA, played seven innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs and eight hits.
Pinch hitter Gavin Sheets slammed a two-run double against Verlander with an out in the seventh that made it 3-3.
Jose Abreu had three hits for Chicago. Jimmy Lambert (1-2) worked around a single in the eighth by Mauricio Dubon, and Liam Hendriks got his 27th save in 30 chances with a seven-pitch ninth.
Houston’s Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker hit back-to-back doubles in the third to give Houston a 2-1 lead after Jose Altuve was picked second.
Altuve started the fifth with a left drive against Cease to make it 3-1.
Astros: LF Aledmys Díaz left the game due to left groin discomfort. Diaz caught Yasmani Grandal’s drive to complete the third set. He was replaced by Chas McCormick late in the fourth. … SS Jeremy Peña was back in the lineup after being withdrawn from Monday’s game with neck strain.
White Sox: OF Luis Robert (sprained left wrist) won’t need to be on the injured reserve and could return as early as Wednesday, manager Tony La Russa said. Robert was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game.
The four-game streak continues with Astros LHP Framber Valdez (11-4, 2.73 ERA) against White Sox RHP Michael Kopech (4-8, 3.18). Valdez pitched seven scoreless innings as Houston beat Texas 7-3 on Thursday. Kopech tossed six hitless innings and hit a career-high 11 in Chicago’s 2-0 win over Detroit on Friday.