Keuchel winless since DL stint
A couple unheralded Chicago White Sox rookies helped get veteran lefthander Derek Holland back to the winning side, beating the reeling ace of the American League’s best team.
Kevan Smith had a home run and drove in four runs and Adam Engel provided a highlight-reel catch as the White Sox ended a six-game losing streak by topping Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros 8-5 on Tuesday night.
Holland (6-11) earned his first win since June 13, despite issuing seven walks in 5⅔ innings. He had been 0-5 in eight starts and one relief appearance since beating Baltimore.
Chicago (42-68) won for the fourth time in 23 games after a rebuilding sale continued to strip the team of much of its veteran core.
“I think it just proves that even though we’re young and maybe not as experienced as some of the big squads, we can still put games together,” Smith said. “We just need to take it into the future. I say future, but I mean tomorrow. But obviously with this whole rebuild thing, we just need to pick out as many positives as we can from this game and roll with it.”
Keuchel (9-2) allowed a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in four innings for Houston (71-41). He had a 1.67 ERA when he went on the disabled list for the second time with a neck injury, on June 8. The All-Star left-hander has a 10.50 ERA in three starts since his return.
“We’ll get it right and get back to it, but it’s very frustrating,” Keuchel said. “This is a talented lineup but a lineup I should’ve done some damage against and they came out and did some damage against me.”
Avisail Garcia and Yoan Moncada had RBI singles in the first inning as the White Sox took a 3-0 lead. It was Garcia’s first at-bat since coming off the disabled list following a strained thumb ligament that had sidelined the All-Star since July 25.
Alex Bregman hit a bases-loaded triple in the second, but Chicago opened up a 6-3 lead in the third on Smith’s two-run double and Adam Engel’s single. Smith added a two-run homer in the fourth.
Houston’s Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit solo homers in the seventh inning.