CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Yoann Moncada hit a go-forward single in the eighth inning for the second game in a row as the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Duel between two candidates for the American League Cy Young Trophy: Dylan Seuss and Justin Verlander did not live up to expectations. Still, the White Sox had their fifth win and the AL Central leader moved to Cleveland’s game.
Moncada broke the tie with his two-run single to register a 4-2 win on Monday. This time, Chicago had a man at third base when Cuban singled out Hector Neris (4-4) in center field to make it 4-3.
Siege pitched five innings, making three runs for six hits. The 26-year-old right-hander had made 14 straight starts without leaving more than one earned run, a major league record.
Verlander, who led the Chiefs in the era leading into the game, played seven innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winning star conceded three runs for eight hits.
Cuba’s Jose Abreu added three hits for Chicago. Jimmy Lambert (1-2) dropped a single from Honduran Mauricio Dubon in the eighth inning but took the win.
Liam Hendrix made his 27th save in 30 chances, shooting the ninth inning on seven pitches.
For the Astros, Venezuela’s Jose Altuve scored a run and 4-1 with an RBI. Cubans Yuli Guriel 4-1, Yordan Alvarez 4-1, Aldamis Diaz 2-0 with a run. Dominican Jeremy Pea 4-0. Honduran Dubon 4-3. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 3-0. Puerto Rican Christian Vazquez 1-0.
For the White Sox, Dominican Aloy Jimenez 3-1. Cubans Abreu 4-3 with a run, Yasmani Grandal 4-1, Moncada 4-1 with an RBI. Lenin Sosa of Venezuela 2-0.