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Astros rally to beat White Sox 4-3
Friday Jul 06, 2018 12:00am

Astros rally to beat White Sox 4-3
(HOUSTON) - Mired in the worst slump of his career, George Springer has been trying everything to break out of it. His latest tactic came on Thursday night when he swiped reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve's bat to use in the ninth inning. The change worked, with Springer hitting an RBI single in Houston's two-run rally that helped lift the Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Astros trailed by 1 when Joakim Soria (0-3) walked pinch-hitter Tony Kemp with no outs in the ninth before advancing to third on a single by pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez. Springer snapped an 0 for 8 slump and tied it at 3-3 with his RBI single to shallow center field. It was a much-needed hit for the World Series MVP who has been struggling lately, going 6 for 70 since June 15. Alex Bregman walked to load the bases and Altuve struck out before Yuli Gurriel sent a ball over second baseman Yoan Moncada's head into right field to start the celebration. Altuve hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to help Houston to the victory. Justin Verlander bounced back from his last start, a loss to Tampa Bay, and only gave up four hits and two runs and struck out 10 in seven innings. Joe Smith (3-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for the win in his first appearance since June 6. Omar Narvaez homered with two hits and Leury Garcia's solo shot in the eighth inning put the White Sox up 3-2. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon allowed five hits and two runs while tying a career-high with six walks in six innings.

Minnesota 5 – Baltimore 2
Seattle 4 – LA Angles 1

Washington 14 – Miami 12
Milwaukee 7 – Atlanta 2
San Diego 6 – Arizona 3
St. Louis 11 – San Francisco 2

Omar Navaez follows his home run (file photo courtesy of South Side Baseball Prospectus)
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