White Sox End Six-Game Skid With 8-5 Win Over Houston

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Tyler Saladino
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Tyler Saladino /
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Kevan Smith had a home run and four RBIs in the White Sox 8-5 win. Derek Holland allowed three runs on five hits to earn his sixth win of the season.

The losing streak is over. After dropping their last six games the Chicago White Sox took game one  of a three game series against the Houston Astros. The offense jumped on Houston ace Dallas Keuchel early, taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Kevan Smith had a home run and four RBIs to lead the offense while going 2-for-3 on the evening. Every Sox hitter had a hit in this game.

Derek Holland went 5.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits. It wasn’t his best effort but it was good enough to collect his sixth win of the season. He is now 6-11 with a 5.25 ERA. Tyler Clippard allowed two hits but was able to get out of trouble to earn his second save in a White Sox uniform.

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It was good to see the offense get off to an early start. They quickly got to Keuchel and gave Holland the lead. Holland did give three runs up in the top of the second but the offense kept it going. In all, the offense scored eight runs in four innings, chasing Keuchel from the game.

It was good to see the offense come around in support of their pitcher. That was definitely a surprise considering this team doesn’t tend to hit well against top pitching. It’s been an issue all season and it was good to see the bats come alive.

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Holland pitched okay. He was definitely wild and it’s a wonder he only gave up three runs. He had seven walks against five strikeouts. So control wasn’t part of his game on Tuesday. Still, he got the job done and the White Sox walked away with a win.