HOUSTON — The Chicago White Sox lamented their inability to make plays in crucial situations after losing three straight games by one run each to Houston.
They finally found a way to capitalize when they had a chance to change the game Monday night and it led to a 4-2 win over the Astros.
Dayan Viciedo’s bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning helped the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak. They also avoided being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008.
Chicago trailed 2-0 before Alejandro De Aza singled in the sixth and went to third on Adam Dunn’s two-out single. Paul Konerko pulled Chicago to 2-1 with an RBI single that went between the legs of starter Bud Norris and into center field.
Conor Gillaspie barely beat the throw to first on an infield single that loaded the bases. That brought up Viciedo, whose triple landed on Tal’s Hill in center field just out of the reach of a diving Brandon Barnes. All three runners scored to put Chicago up 4-2.
“It was a good one for Viciedo to get a hit,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s just one of those that you hope gets him going a little bit because he’s been missing out. And to finally get it, with him doing it, it’s good to see.”
It was the second straight game with a triple for Viciedo, making him the first White Sox player to do that since Mark Kotsay in August 2010.
Nate Jones (3-4) allowed three hits in 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. He struck out three.
Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana yielded five hits and two runs in 4 2-3 innings, but didn’t factor in the decision for the fourth straight start. He has a no-decision in nine of his 14 starts this season.
Jason Castro doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Astros, who had won four straight. Barnes had three hits.
Norris (5-7) allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in his third consecutive loss.
“I was in a groove, and that sixth inning was very frustrating,” he said. “I’m still frustrated about it.”
It was a rare road win for the struggling White Sox, who have dropped 12 of their last 14 away from Chicago and 14 of 19 overall.
The Astros had runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh after back-to-back singles by Barnes and Jose Altuve. But Matt Thornton struck out Castro before Jesse Crain fanned J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter to end the inning.
Carter struck out twice to give him 101 this season, which leads the majors. The Astros struck out 12 times in all to extend their total to a major league-high 673.