Humber Gives Up 3 HRs, White Sox Fall To Astros 11-9
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CHICAGO (AP) – Justin Maxwell, Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace all homered to lead the Houston Astros to an 11-9 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Maxwell’s two-run shot in the fifth put the Astros ahead 4-3. He also singled, walked and scored two runs. His homer was estimated at 461 feet, curling just inside the left-field foul pole into the second deck.
Altuve hit a two-run shot in the eighth to cap the Astros’ offense. Altuve drove in three runs and stole home on the back end of a double steal in the sixth.
Martinez homered on first pitch of the second, and Wallace added a solo shot in a five-run sixth for Houston that broke the game open.
Adam Dunn hit his 20th homer of the season and Paul Konerko added his 12th for the White Sox. Konerko also singled, raising his average to .365.
Lucas Harrell (6-4) tied a career high by going 7 1-3 innings, winning his first start against his former team. He gave up five runs and six hits and struck out five.
The White Sox drafted Harrell in the fourth round in 2004, but waived him last July. Harrell has won four of his past five starts.
Brett Myers got the last two outs for his 15th save.
White Sox starter Phil Humber (2-4), gave up the first three Houston homers, matching his career worst. He gave up six runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings and struck out nine.
Humber had five straight strikeouts at one point spanning the third and fourth innings, but lost his 4th straight home start. He’s 1-4 with a 7.50 ERA since throwing a perfect game on April 21 at Seattle.
Orlando Hudson brought Chicago within two with a three-run shot to right in the ninth, his first homer as a member of the White Sox. That shot chased Houston reliever Fernando Rodriguez before Myers finished the game.
Chicago broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth when Alex Rios led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.
Houston regained the lead on Maxwell’s two-run shot in the fifth. The high, arching shot disappeared into a tunnel on the second deck. White Sox manager Robin Ventura argued for an umpire review of the play, but the call wasn’t reversed.
Maxwell added a nice running grab at the wall in center on a long drive by Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the fifth. He has six home runs in 93 at-bats this season. Houston claimed Maxwell off waivers on April 8 after the New York Yankees designated him for assignment.
NOTES: Altuve became the first Astro to steal home since Kaz Matsui did it on May 19, 2009, against Milwaukee. . The Astros acquired minor league OF D’Andre Toney from the Royals as the player to be named in a preseason trade that sent C Humberto Quintero and OF Jason Bourgeois to Kansas City for LHP Kevin Champman. … Astros OF Jordan Schaefer sat out again with the same illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game. Astros manager Brad Mills said Schaefer is also suffering from pink eye.
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