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Astros rout White Sox 11-4
Saturday Jul 07, 2018 12:00am

Astros rout White Sox 11-4
(HOUSTON) - A.J. Hinch took over as Houston's manager before right-hander Lance McCullers' rookie season in 2015 and the two have long held a special bond. So when McCullers came off the mound after striking out a career-high in 12 in seven strong innings in an 11-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night, Hinch wanted to make sure he let his pitcher know how impressed he was with his big night. He did that by enveloping him in a huge bear hug as soon as he reached the dugout when his work was done. Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer in Houston's seven-run eighth to help the Astros to the victory. McCullers (10-3) didn't allow a hit until a single by Adam Engel with one out in the sixth, and gave up just three singles and one run. He kept the White Sox off balance with a flurry of curveballs to outdo his previous career best of 11 Ks. The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel. Tim Federowicz hit a two-run double in the fourth to make it 3-0. After Engel's single in the sixth, he eventually scored on a third straight single by Yolmer Sanchez. After a quick visit to the mound, McCullers was able to limit the damage when Jose Abreu grounded into a double play. The Astros added a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Gattis to make it 4-1. They broke it open in the eighth inning thanks in part to the homer by Gattis, who finished with three hits and four RBI. Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez (4-6) yielded six hits and three runs while tying a career high with five walks in 4 2/3 innings to snap a two-game winning streak. McCullers won his fourth straight decision to join Charlie Morton as the first Houston pitchers to reach 10 wins this season. Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, and Daniel Palka followed with a solo shot off Brad Peacock.

OTHER A.L. SCORES
Toronto 6 – NY Yankees 2
Cleveland 10 – Oakland 4
Minnesota 6 – Baltimore 2
Boston 10 – Kansas City 5

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