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Sox leave bases loaded in ninth against Houston

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Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 11:50 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 12:19 a.m. CST
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez tags out the White Sox's Alejandro De Aza, during Monday's game in Chicago. The White Sox lost 10-8.

CHICAGO – Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of the game to lift the Houston Astros to a 10-8 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.

The Astros squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 before tying the score on Carter's RBI single in the seventh inning.

White Sox reliever Addison Reed (5-2) struck out Jose Altuve and Jason Castro to open the ninth before Dominguez put Houston back ahead with his 19th homer, a shot to left field on a 1-0 pitch. Carter then added his 25th of the season.

The Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Avisail Garcia struck out to end it.

Cardinals 8, Reds 6: Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two out in the seventh inning, helping the Cardinals to win over the Reds in St. Louis.

Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29.

The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3½ games in the top-heavy division.

Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) pitched two innings for his first major league win and Edward Mujica worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who dropped to 4-9 against St. Louis this season.

Cubs trailing after five: Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Zach Greinke each drove in the run as the Dodgers led the Cubs 2-0 after five innings in Los Angeles.

Singles by Starlin Castro and Donnie Murphy accounted for the Cubs' two hits at press time.

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