Home SPORTS White Sox waste another strong start from Carlos Rodón, fall to Astros on walk-off double in 9th

White Sox waste another strong start from Carlos Rodón, fall to Astros on walk-off double in 9th

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HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel scored from first on Yordan Alvarez’s one-out double to right in the ninth inning, giving the Houston Astros a 2-1 win against the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Gurriel singled with one out against reliever Garrett Crochet. Alvarez followed with his game-winning hit down the right-field line for the Astros’ second straight win in the four-game series.

The Sox couldn’t take advantage of another great outing by starter Carlos Rodón, who allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.

The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when José Abreu knocked in Brian Goodwin with a single to right. The Sox had two on with one out but failed to add on in the inning.

The Sox also stranded two runners in the second and third.

Rodón — who pitched a no-hitter April 14 against the Cleveland Indians and took another one into the seventh inning in his last outing Sunday at Detroit — retired the first 13 batters Friday.

Alvarez beat the shift and bounced one down the third-base line for the Astros’ first hit. Carlos Correa walked, and Abraham Toro singled to load the bases with one out.

Rodón struck out Myles Straw but then walked Martín Maldonado, and Alvarez scored to tie the game. Rodón struck out Jose Altuve to end the fifth.

Sox left fielder Andrew Vaughn doubled with two outs in the sixth. The throw from right bounced and hit him in the face, and Vaughn left the game in the eighth because of a facial contusion. He is day to day.

The Astros had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, but Rodón got Straw to hit into an inning-ending double play.

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