Chicago, IL—The Chicago White Sox are having jekyll and hyde season so far but they figured it all out Saturday night.
Luis Robert Jr. homered and drove in two runs, the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Robert Jr. hit his 10th home run in the fourth inning and drove in Yoan Moncada with the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning. Later in the same frame, Seby Zavala added to the lead with an RBI single.
Despite their 14-27 record, the ChiSox are only 8½ games behind the first-place Twins. With a long season ahead of them anything is possible after the All-Star break.
Right-hander Dylan Cease threw six scoreless innings after allowing a combined 17 earned runs in his previous three outings. He had a great command of his pitches utilizing both sides of the plate.
Cease allowed four hits — all singles — had 5K’s and walked two. The right-hander, who finished second in AL Cy Young Award voting last year, was 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA in his previous five starts.
‘‘This was really great,’’ Cease said. ‘‘Finally some of the work going into it paid off.’’
Astros: OF Chase McCormick (back tightness) missed his fourth consecutive game. He could return on Sunday. 2B Jose Altuve (broken right thumb) went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts in his second rehab game with Triple-A Sugar Land.
White Sox: INF Elvis Andrus was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. INF/OF Romy Gonzalez was reinstated from the 10-day IL after being sidelined by right shoulder inflammation. C Yasmani Grandal was scratched.
Right-handers Hunter Brown (3-1, 3.23 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (2-2, 3.59 ERA) will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Brown is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two May starts for Houston. Giolito pitched six quality innings in Chicago’s 4-2 win at Kansas City on Tuesday.