Keuchel win­less since DL stint

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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.

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