Philip Humbers woes continue.
Despite a nine-strikeout performance, Humber surrendered three home runs and couldnt get out of the sixth inning as the Sox fell 11-9 to Houston on Sunday in the series finale at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Sox dropped the three-game series after allowing a season-high 11 runs, including four home runs. Houston hit eight home runs in the series.
Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Orlando Hudson each hit home runs for the Sox, who finished 4-5 on their nine-game homestand. Jose Altuve and Justin Maxwell homered and drove in three runs for the Astros.
Humber pitched 5 13 innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and two walks. He hasnt won at home in almost a year. His last victory at U.S. Cellular Field came June 12, 2011.
Former Sox farmhand Lucas Harrell gave the Astros a solid start in his return to U.S. Cellular Field. Harrell improved to 6-4 after giving up five runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 7 13 innings.
Humber ran into trouble right at the start of the second. J.D. Martinez led off with a 389-foot home run to left field. Humber walked the next batter, Brett Wallace, who advanced to second on a passed ball.
Wallace scored on a two-out single by Justin Maxwell to give the Astros an early 2-0 lead.
But Humber got into a groove for a bit after the rough inning. He retired the next seven batters as the Sox rallied to take their only lead of the day. Of those seven outs, six were by strikeout, including the last five consecutive.
The Sox tied it with two runs in the third after Alexei Ramirez led off with a single followed by a walk to Tyler Flowers. They both advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Orlando Hudson.
Ramirez came home on a single by Alejandro De Aza. Flowers scored when a Gordon Beckham ground ball went through the legs of Chris Johnson at third and everybody was safe.
The potential for a big inning fizzled quickly as Dunn fouled out to Johnson and Konerko lined out to right, keeping it tied 2-2.
Some small ball helped the Sox take a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Alex Rios led off with a single and then stole second base. He went to third on a wild pitch by Lucas Harrell before scoring on a Ramirez sacrifice fly.
The lead was short-lived as the Astros roughed up Humber again in the fifth. Brian Bogusevic singled to start the inning ahead of a 461-foot crushing home run by Maxwell. The ball landed in the second deck just below the terrace suite. The home run withstood a video replay.
Humbers afternoon ended in the sixth shortly after giving up his third home run -- and second to start an inning. This time it was Wallace, who connected for his second home run of the series and season.
After Johnson followed with a single, Humber left for Nate Jones as the Astros kept rolling. By the time the inning ended Houston added three more runs to take a 9-3 lead.
Dunn homered to lead off the sixth for Chicago. The 407-foot blast was his 20th of the season, but did little to rally the Sox.
A two-out walk by Zach Stewart hurt as Houston tacked on two more runs in the eighth with their fourth home run of the game. Jose Altuve hit this one as the Astros became the first team to score more than 10 runs against the Sox this season.
Konerko got the Sox closer with a two-run home run in the eighth, his 12th of the season and first since May 27. Hudson then struck for his first home run with the Sox, a three-run shot to right in the ninth.
After an off-day, the Sox begin a six-game road trip Tuesday in St. Louis.