Dayan Viciedo’s bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Astros on Monday night in Houston.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the White Sox and allowed them to avoid 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 to center field.
Conor Gillaspie barely beat the throw to first on a 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. That sent all three runners home to put Chicago up 4-2.
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.
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.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2: Rookie Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings, and Yadier Molina had a two-run double in St. Louis.
Miller (8-4), who had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes to start the game, left because of cramping in his right leg. He allowed just two hits and struck out five.
Kevin Siegrist and Seth Manness followed Miller and combined for two shutout innings. Edward Munica gave up a homer to Darwin Barney with two outs in the ninth, but still earned his 20th save in 20 opportunities.
Shane Robinson and Allen Craig added sacrifice flies for the Cardinals, who moved back to a major league best 20 games over .500 (45-25).
Chicago fell to 8-22 against the National League Central, the lowest winning percentage by any team in its own division (.266). The Cubs are 5-23 when they score three runs or less, including Travis Wood’s last three starts.