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Greinke, Astros stymie White Sox in DH opener

Reuters | Chicago | Updated: 14-08-2019 05:48 IST | Created: 14-08-2019 05:40 IST
Greinke, Astros stymie White Sox in DH opener
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Zack Greinke won his second consecutive start since his trade to the Astros, allowing two runs over six innings in Houston's 6-2 victory against the host Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Greinke (12-4) allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked two. He was 10-4 with a 2.87 ERA when the Arizona Diamondbacks traded him to Houston on July 31 for four minor-leaguers.

George Springer and Jose Altuve hit solo homers, Robinson Chirinos had two hits and two RBIs, and Yuli Gurriel had two hits and two runs for the Astros. White Sox starter Dylan Cease (2-5) gave up four runs (two earned) and five hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out two.

Jose Abreu had two hits of Chicago's seven hits. Springer hit the first pitch of the game 467 feet to left, the second-longest homer of his career. It was also his ninth leadoff home run of the season and 26th overall.

Altuve opened the third with a homer to left-center for a 2-0 lead. The White Sox put their leadoff batter on base in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings off Greinke. They didn't take advantage the first two innings, but they plated their leadoff batter in the fourth and fifth to tie the score at 2-2.

Abreu reached on an infield single to start the fourth and scored on a one-out double by Eloy Jimenez to make it 2-1. Adam Engel was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth, advanced to third on back-to-back groundouts and scored the tying run on Abreu's double to deep left.

Cease got the first two outs in the sixth but then walked Yordan Alvarez and gave up a single to Gurriel to put runners on the corner. Alvarez scored on a passed ball by Welington Castillo to give the Astros a 3-2 lead. Another passed ball by Castillo with a runner on third made it 4-2 in the seventh.

Houston tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth on RBI singles by Chirinos. Houston relievers Will Harris, Ryan Pressly and Collin McHugh each pitched a perfect inning to seal the win.


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