The White Sox gained a game on Monday night—a game in the battle for the first draft pick, after dropping a 10-8 decision to the Houston Astros. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), the Sox are still 10 games back (or ahead) of Houston for the worst record in baseball.
After giving up seven home runs over the weekend to the Texas Rangers, White Sox pitching gave up five, yes, five gopher balls to the lowly Astros. Ex-White Sox farm hand Chris Carter hit his 24th and 25th home runs of the season, while Jason Castro, Brett Wallace and Matt Dominguez hit the other home runs for Houston.
Andre Rienzo struggled for the White Sox, giving up seven runs, five of them earned, on nine hits in just six innings, giving up three of the five homers. Addison Reed came into an 8-8 tie in the top of the ninth and gave up back-to-back solo homers to Carter and Castro to give Houston the win.
The Sox briefly took an 8-7 lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which was started off by an Adam Dunn two-run homer. The Astros proceeded to immediately tie the game the very nice inning on a Chris Carter RBI single.
The White Sox had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth , but Avisail Garcia struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the game.
Team Record: 54-76