August 14, 2019 / 10:11 PM / 11 days ago

McCann’s slam in 8th lifts White Sox over Astros

Chicago’s James McCann hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning as the White Sox beat the visiting Houston Astros 13-9 on Wednesday afternoon.

Aug 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros right fielder Michael Brantley (23) celebrates after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Down 0-2 in the count, McCann slugged a slider from Houston reliever Ryan Pressly (2-3) deep to right-center field, landing in the Astros’ bullpen for his 13th homer.

Tim Anderson went 4-for-5 with two doubles to lead Chicago’s 15-hit attack. McCann and Eloy Jimenez (solo homer) collected two hits.

Jose Abreu and Welington Castillo each notched two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who won the season series 4-3 from Houston and took the home series 2-1.

Alex Colome (4-2) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Michael Brantley was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs for Houston. Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with two solo homers, three RBIs and a walk, and Jose Altuve recorded three hits, three runs and a two-run homer. Alex Bregman drove in three runs.

Houston used doubles by Brantley and Bregman in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead against starter Ross Detwiler.

Gurriel hooked a fastball from Detwiler down the left field line, and his first solo shot bounced off the foul pole for a 2-0 lead in the second.

The White Sox answered immediately when Castillo doubled in Jimenez, who reached on Gurriel’s fielding error, to make it 2-1.

Houston committed its second error of the inning when pitcher Wade Miley flipped Yolmer Sanchez’s suicide squeeze bunt over catcher Robinson Chirinos, and Adam Engel scored from second on the throwing error for a 3-2 lead.

Anderson added an RBI single as the White Sox plated four unearned runs, but RBI groundouts by Bregman and Yordan Alvarez tied it 4-4 in the third.

Castillo knocked in his second run in the third, and a run-scoring double play made it 6-4. Abreu’s sacrifice fly added to the lead in the fourth.

Gurriel hit his 25th homer to lead off the sixth — his third multi-homer game — to give him 20 round-trippers in his last 40 games, but Abreu’s RBI single in the bottom half made it 8-5.

Bregman and Gurriel added RBI singles in the seventh, but pinch hitter Aledmys Diaz grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to keep it 8-7.

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Chicago pushed the lead to 9-7 on Jimenez’s 20th homer, a towering solo shot to center, in the bottom of the seventh.

Altuve’s two-run homer to left, his 22nd, tied it 9-9 in the eighth.

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