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White Sox knock off Astros 8-5
Wednesday Aug 09, 2017 12:00am

White Sox knock off Astros 8-5
(CHICAGO) - A couple unheralded Chicago White Sox rookies helped get veteran left-hander Derek Holland back to the winning side, beating the reeling ace of the American League's best team. Kevan Smith had a home run and drove in four runs and Adam Engel provided a highlight-reel catch as the White Sox ended a six-game losing streak by topping Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros 8-5 on Tuesday. Holland (6-11) earned his first win since June 13, despite issuing seven walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had been 0-5 in eight starts and one relief appearance since beating Baltimore. Chicago (42-68) won for the fourth time in 23 games. Keuchel (9-2) allowed a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in four innings for Houston (71-41). Avisail Garcia and Yoan Moncada had RBI singles in the first inning as the White Sox took a 3-0 lead. It was Garcia's first at-bat since coming off the disabled list earlier in the day, following a strained thumb ligament that had sidelined the All-Star since July 25. The White Sox placed Matt Davidson on the 10 day DL because of a bruised right wrist. He was hurt when he got hit by a pitch from Toronto's Marcus Stroman on Aug. 1. Davidson has 22 home runs and 51 RBIs to go with a .238 average. Engel made the play of the night in center field, robbing Brian McCann of a home run in the fourth inning by jumping foot-first into the fence, which he used as support as he extended his glove above the wall.

OTHER A.L. SCORES
Toronto 4 – NY Yankees 2
Boston 2 – Tampa Bay 0
Seattle 7 – Oakland 6 (10 innings)
LA Angels 3 – Baltimore 2

Kevan Smith launches a two run homer for the White Sox as they would go on to beat Houston 8-5 ( photo courtesy of Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
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