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Six Run Sixth Inning Sinks Astros Against White Sox

Astros lose for just the second time in 14 games

May 22, 2019 - 10:27 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Charlie Tilson's grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning in the Chicago White Sox 9-4 win over the Astros Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Tilson launched a 98 MPH Josh James fastball 404 feet into rightfield with two out in the inning for the first home run of his Major League career. Trailing 3-2 when the inning began, the White Sox started the frame with four straight hits. The third, a Jose Abreu RBI single, tied the game, while James McCann's run-scoring double put the White Sox on top, ending Gerrit Cole's night. James walked Yonder Alonso to load the bases, but got Eloy Jimenez to ground into a fielder's choice before striking out Tim Anderson, but he couldn't get that third out.

Cole was charged for six runs on seven hits as he dropped to 4-5, despite striking out seven.

The White Sox struck first in the second when Jimenez slugged a 2-2 slider from Cole over the centerfield wall. The Astros had chances to answer in the second and third, but Tyler White grounded into an inning ending double play in the second, and after Tony Kemp and Robinson Chirinos reached to start the third, Jake Marisnick hit a ball sharply down the third baseline to a waiting Yoan Moncado, who stepped stepped on the bag, starting a 5-4-3 tripleplay. Then, in the fourth, Abreu tagged a 1-2 Cole slider for his 12 homer of the season to put Chicago up 2-0.

Houston mounted a rally against Ivan Nova after Abreu's homer in their half of the inning. Alex Bregman turned a 2-1 fastball into his 15th home run of 2019, but the Astros weren't done in the inning. Michael Brantley followed with a single, and he scored from first on Carlos Correa's double down the rightfield line. The next batter, Aledmys Diaz gave the Astros their first lead of the night with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Nova kept the Astros off the board in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Chicago added to its lead in the eighth, when Jimenez hit his second home run of the night off Brady Rodgers for the second multi-homer game of his career, and Nova remained in the game for the bottom of the eighth, but leadoff singles from Josh Reddick and Bregman ended his night. Josh Osich replaced him and retired Brantley, Correa, and Diaz to end the threat. He held the Astros to three runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He got the Astros to ground into four double plays, plus a triple play. 

The Astros loaded the bases against Thyago Vieira in the ninth, but could only manage a run on Reddick's sacrifice fly, ending the White Sox three game losing skid.

Correa and Bregman had two hits for the Astros, who suffered their second loss in 14 games, dropping ot 33-17 on the season.

The Astros and White Sox will conclude their four-game series Thursday night at Minute Maid Park with Corbin Martin on the mound for Houston against Lucas Giolito.