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MLB Playoffs: White Sox beat Astros, stop ALDS sweep

11 October (NWN) — Yasmani Grandal and Leuri Garcia lead the Chicago White Sox to return to the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Sunday.

Garcia scored 2 for 5 with four RBIs in a 12-6 win, preventing a best-of-five series sweep. Grendel went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.

Game 4 of the ALDS is in Chicago on Monday.

The White Sox trailed 5-1 when they staged a 5-run rally in the bottom of the third. His bullpen retired the last 15 Astro hitters to maintain the lead.

“I think we made a statement,” Grendel told Fox Sports. “We were down to four, but you have to play a full game. We’ve been doing this all year.

“I think we’ve got the momentum back and that’s all we need.”

Left fielder Aloy Jimenez hit an RBI single to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead at the bottom.

White Sox starter Dylan Ciz drove Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Carlos Correa to start second. Right fielder Kyle Tucker scored two runs in center field to give the Astros a one-run lead.

Astros center fielder Jake Meyers later singled out two batters for a 3–1 advantage.

Tucker comes to the plate for the fourth exchange of the third inning. The Astros’ outfielder hit the first pitch he had left for a 363-foot, two-run homer.

Astros starter Luis García dropped left fielder Luis Robert to take third. He hit first baseman Jose Abreu in his next exchange, but surrendered Grendel to a 359-foot, two-run homer in the third at-bat of the frame.

White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada and designated hitter Gavin Sheets followed with consecutive singles. Luri Garcia then hit a 3-1 Yami Garcia fastball into center field for a 436-foot, three-run homer. That blast gave the White Sox a 6-5 lead.

Bregman leveled the score with an RBI single at the top of the fourth. Abreu responded with an RBI single to the left at the bottom of the innings to give the White Sox the lead. He pushed his advantage to two runs in the next at-bat over the choice of the Grendel fielder.

Jimenez followed up with an RBI single to give the White Sox a 9-6 lead. Pinch hitters Andrew Vaughan and Garcia scored two more runs in the eighth with back-to-back RBI doubles.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson also scored a run in eighth place with an RBI single.

White Sox close Liam Hendrix retired the last three hitters to end the game and earn a post-season save.

Tucker made 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs for the Astros. Astros starter Luis Garcia conceded five hits and five runs in his 2 2/3 innings.

Siege conceded two hits and three runs in 1 2/3 innings for the White Sox. Anderson made 3 for 6 and scored two runs and an RBI. Jimenez, Moncada and Sheets gave a total of two hits.

“It was a huge [win]”We’ve got the momentum on our side now. Hopefully we can get out of here and finish it in five games,” Hendrix told Fox Sports.

Earlier on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 in Game 3 of the ALDS. The Red Sox have a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 of that ALDS is Monday at 7:07 p.m. EDT in Boston.

The winner of that series fights the Astros or White Sox in the ALCS for a chance to go to the World Series.

The White Sox (1-2) hosts the Astros (2-1) in Game 4 of the ALDS in a guaranteed rate zone Monday at 3:37 p.m. EDT.


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