It was 1964, when the Astros were still called the Colt .45s, that Turk Farrell became the first in the majors to win ten games. He won only once the rest of the year. History may be close to repeating itself as Dallas Keuchel raced off to a 9-0 record in June and hasn't won since, including an 8-5 loss against the White Sox in Chicago Tuesday night that wasn't as close as the score appears.
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Keuchel allowed ten hits and three walks in another four-inning start as the Sox pounced on him for all eight of their runs. Rookie catcher Kevan Smith drove in half of Chicago's runs with a two-run double to the left field corner in the third that broke up a 3-3 tie then smashed a two-run homer in the fourth to build an 8-3 cushion.
Of all nights for the Houston bullpen to come through, they tossed four frames of shutout relief, largely from James Hoyt and Joe Musgrove who threw two innings each.
A bases-loaded triple by Alex Bregman, who batted from the leadoff spot, kept his extra-inning streak alive and tied the game in the second after Keuchel surrendered the first three runs. Former Ranger Derek Holland lasted 5-2/3rd innings despite seven walks.
The Astros tried to rally. First, Brian McCann was robbed of a homer in the fourth by Adam Engel who extended over the center field fence to pull the ball in. In the seventh, after Jake Petricka relieved Holland, Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel unloaded solo shots to get Houston within three.
Then, in the ninth, the same two batters singled off reliever Tyler Clippard to bring the tying run to the plate but Marwin Gonzalez fanned and Carlos Beltran bounced out to first to end the game.
Collin McHugh (0-0) will make his fourth start since returning from the Disabled List on Wednesday at 7:10 Central. Veteran Mexican righthander Miguel Gonzalez (5-10) gets the call for the White Sox who have won just four of their past 23 contests. The Astros are 2-5 so far in August.
- Bob Hulsey