White Sox overcome early deficit but are sunk on late homers

White Sox overcome early deficit but are sunk on late homers
August 26, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The White Sox reverted to their form from the first four months of the season on Monday night.

Mistakes, mistakes, more mistakes and a pair of ninth-inning solo home runs led to an ugly 10-8 loss by the White Sox to the Houston Astros in front of 13,404 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter both homered off Addison Reed to break an 8-8 tie and send the White Sox to only their second loss in 10 games. Avisail Garcia struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth for the White Sox, who had won 14 of 20 and five of their last six series.

Carter had two of Houston’s five home runs.

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“That's kind of the story of our year,” Reed said. “We look good one series and then do something like this.”

Starting pitcher Andre Rienzo gave up three home runs in six innings pitched as the White Sox fell behind by five runs.

The White Sox rallied in the fifth and sixth innings — with the Astros help — after they killed themselves with early mistakes.

Jeff Keppinger hit a solo home run in the fifth to cut into a 6-1 lead. Gordon Beckham then reached, and a run scored when Astros right fielder L.J. Hoes dropped a routine fly ball.

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Houston made it a 7-3 lead in the top of the sixth when Brandon Barnes scored on one of two Rienzo wild pitches.

But the Astros were in just as giving a mood.

In the bottom of the sixth, after an Adam Dunn two-run homer, his 30th, and an RBI single by Josh Phegley cut the deficit to 7-6, Houston reliever David Martinez balked in the tying run.

The White Sox then grabbed an 8-7 to end a five-run sixth inning on a RBI single by Alejandro De Aza, who went 4-for-5.

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“It wasn’t pretty,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I’m not going to judge anybody by tonight.”

The lack of judgment cleans the slate for quite a few White Sox players.

De Aza contributed as he was caught leaning off third base with only one out in the first inning on an infielder grounder. He also committed an error in the outfield.

Garcia also had two mistakes in the outfield. He had a two-run error when he overran a single in the second inning and later misplayed a double into a triple.

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Rienzo’s other wild pitch extended the fifth inning.

Jason Castro, who had a solo homer in the second inning, struck out with one out, but reached when the third strike went to the backstop. One out later, Carter homered to put the Astros ahead 6-3.

Rienzo allowed seven runs (five earned) and nine hits over six innings but was in line for the victory until Houston rallied in the seventh on a Carter RBI single off Jake Petricka.

“You just chalk it up to a bad night,” Ventura said of Rienzo.

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Rienzo carried a 3.56 ERA into the game in five career starts.

The rookie appreciated how Ventura had wiped the slate clean.

“I’m glad no judging,” Rienzo said. “Terrible game for me. Just go to the next one and try to do better.”

Brett Wallace also homered for the Astros.

Keppinger, Garcia and Phegley all finished with two hits for the White Sox.