Astros fall short in comeback bid against White Sox in series finale

The Houston Astros came up short in their bid to sweep the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, losing 7-6 in a thrilling series finale at Minute Maid Park. The Astros trailed 7-1 after six innings, but rallied with five runs in the seventh and eighth to make it a one-run game.

However, they could not complete the comeback, as White Sox closer Liam Hendriks retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win.

The Astros had won the first three games of the series, outscoring the White Sox 20-8 and showcasing their potent offense and dominant pitching. They looked to continue their momentum on Sunday, sending ace Zack Greinke to the mound against White Sox rookie Dylan Cease.

However, Greinke struggled with his command and gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings, his shortest outing of the season. He also allowed three home runs, two to rookie catcher Seby Zavala, who became the first player in MLB history to hit his first three career homers in the same game.

Cease, on the other hand, was sharp and efficient, limiting the Astros to one run on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out 10 batters, tying his career high.

The only run he allowed came in the fourth inning, when Yuli Gurriel hit a solo homer to cut the White Sox lead to 4-1. Cease improved his record to 8-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.92.

The White Sox added two more runs in the sixth inning off reliever Brandon Bielak, who gave up a solo homer to Tim Anderson and an RBI double to Jose Abreu. The Astros bullpen then settled down and kept the White Sox scoreless for the rest of the game, giving their offense a chance to rally.

The Astros began their comeback in the seventh inning against White Sox reliever Ryan Burr, who walked Kyle Tucker and Carlos Correa to start the inning. After a flyout by Abraham Toro, Myles Straw hit an RBI single to make it 7-2.

Burr then walked pinch-hitter Jason Castro to load the bases and was replaced by Aaron Bummer. Bummer struck out Jose Altuve for the second out, but then walked Michael Brantley to force in another run. Gurriel followed with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 7-5.

The Astros continued their rally in the eighth inning against Hendriks, who was brought in for a four-out save. Tucker led off with a double and scored on a single by Correa, who advanced to second on a throwing error by left fielder Eloy Jimenez.

However, Hendriks recovered and struck out Toro, Straw and Castro to end the inning with the tying run on second.

The Astros had one last chance in the ninth inning, but Hendriks retired Altuve, Brantley and Gurriel in order to earn his 25th save of the season. The White Sox snapped their four-game losing streak and improved their record to 60-43, while the Astros fell to 64-40.

The Astros will have a day off on Monday before starting a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. The White Sox will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals for a three-game series starting on Monday.

Final Thoughts: Astros Fall Short in Comeback Bid Against White Sox

The Houston Astros’ bid for a sweep of the Chicago White Sox came up short in a thrilling finale at Minute Maid Park. Despite trailing 7-1 after six innings, the Astros rallied with five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to make it a one-run game.

However, they could not complete the comeback, as White Sox closer Liam Hendriks retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win.

The Astros had dominated the first three games of the series, outscoring the White Sox 20-8 and showcasing their potent offense and dominant pitching.

However, their ace Zack Greinke struggled with his command on Sunday, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks in just four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

He also allowed three home runs, including two to rookie Seby Zavala, who became the first player in MLB history to hit his first three career homers in the same game.

On the other hand, White Sox rookie Dylan Cease was sharp and efficient, limiting the Astros to just one run on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out 10 batters, tying his career high. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer by Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning.

Despite the loss, the Astros showed their resilience and fighting spirit by mounting a comeback against the White Sox bullpen in the later innings. They scored five runs against four different pitchers, with Gurriel driving in three of them.

However, their efforts fell just short, as Hendriks shut them down in the ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season.

The Astros will have a day off on Monday before facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in a highly anticipated three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The White Sox, meanwhile, will look to build on their win by facing the Kansas City Royals in a three-game series starting on Monday.

Overall, this game was a thrilling and entertaining affair, with both teams showcasing their talents and fighting to the very end. While the Astros came up short in their bid for a sweep, they showed that they are still a formidable team that can mount a comeback against even the best of opponents.