It was a very, very long afternoon for fans of the Chicago White Sox, who saw their favorites atomized 21-5 by the Houston Astros on Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field.< /strong>
The four pitchers employed by manager Tony La Russa allowed between four and seven runs apiece, as the visitors blasted away with 25 balls to safety.
Starter Lucas Giolito (9-7) had a rough start, allowing eight runs over three innings. Last reliever Josh Harrison didn't do much better with four runs and six hits given up in a single inning.
Alex Bregman was the most inspired on the Astros side with six RBIs. He hit a two-run double in the third inning, and two homers on the fifth and sixth onsets. Chas McCormick, also author of a long ball, in particular, added five points to the table.
Although they weren't as productive as their two teammates, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez also had fun at bat, with four hits apiece, adding three and two runs respectively to the board for the winners. /p>
On the mound, Luis Garcia (10-8) didn't have too much trouble earning his 10th win of the season, even though he allowed three runs on seven hits and four goals on balls, in five working rounds.
The Orioles cannot complete the comeback
In Baltimore, the Orioles tried to erase a three-point deficit, but they came up short, they who finally admitted defeat 3 2 ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
The visitors had taken a 3-0 lead thanks to two solo long balls from Willson Contreras, respectively in the sixth and eighth innings, and another from Rafael Ortega, in the eighth assault.
In their eighth turn at bat, the Orioles cut the deficit to just one run on Ryan Mountcastle's single and Anthony Santander's sacrifice fly. They then had a runner – the tying run – at third base and only one out by the visitors, but they were never able to tie the game.
Bryan Reynolds rules the case of the Red Sox
In Pittsburgh, Bryan Reynolds showed no mercy against the Boston Red Sox, helping the Pirates win 8-2.
The outfielder completed the game with three hits, including two two-run homers, for a total of four RBIs.
On the mound for crowd favorites JT Brubaker (3-10) isn't having a great season, but he was brilliant against Massachusetts, preventing his rivals from crossing the plate once, in addition to giving them only two strikes to safety. He was finally retired after putting seven opponents in the mitt in as many innings of work.