Houston at Chicago

Houston (40-57)020000000230
Chicago (46-51) «00000210x371

White Sox 3, Astros 2

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- No Chicago White Sox were more maligned than catcher Tyler Flowers and the team's bullpen in the early months of the season.

So when they flipped the script Friday night, they could only hope it was the sign of better things to come.

Flowers, who entered with a .218 batting average, drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double, and four pitchers combined to retire the final 22 batters in the White Sox's 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

"Yeah, it's a good time," Flower said. "I've been feeling better for the last 10 games maybe. I haven't had a whole lot of success statistically, but I've been seeing the ball a lot better."

Alejandro De Aza singled off Scott Feldman and stole second before Flowers delivered the game-winning hit. He entered the game with only 12 hits in his last 116 at-bats.

"There were some good things that happened that you like to see coming out of the break." manager Robin Ventura said.

Namely, the performances of Daniel Webb, Ronald Belisario and Zach Putnam, who were flawless out of the bullpen.

Webb (5-2) retired six consecutive batters in relief of Jose Quintana to earn the victory. Belisario and Putnam pitched a scoreless inning apiece, and Putnam earned his second save.

After Quintana allowed a pair of unearned runs, he set down his final 10 batters. The left-hander allowed three hits and two walks in five innings.

Houston didn't have a baserunner after Jose Altuve singled with two outs in the second inning.

"Q did a great job. Webb and Bel did great jobs," Putnam said. "We hit the ball and made some plays. It was a good way to get back in the second half.

"The four days (off) couldn't have come at a better time. We recharged and just hit the ground running."

Feldman (4-7) took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning, when Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer into the left-center field bleachers to tie it. Three batters earlier, Feldman was struck on what he called the back "right cheek" by a smash off the bat of Alexei Ramirez, but said that had no effect on him.

Feldman allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings.

"I just hung a curveball there, and Viciedo didn't miss and put a good swing on it," said Feldman, who figures to be the subject of trade talk this month. "More times than not, if you go deep in the game like that, our guys will come out on top."

Aided by a two-base error, Houston took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After Jon Singleton's single eluded Viciedo in right field, Matt Dominguez scored from first base while Singleton continued to third. Robbie Grossman followed with an RBI groundout.

Adam Eaton tripled, and Jose Abreu doubled in the first inning, but Chicago failed to take an early lead. Grossman threw out Eaton at the plate on a shallow fly ball to right field, a call upheld by video replay after a White Sox challenge.

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Players of the Game

R. Grossman
AB 3
R 0
H 0
HR 0

D. Viciedo
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Houston Astros
Jose Altuve, 2B4010030.334
Jason Castro, C4000012.229
George Springer, CF3000120.230
Chris Carter, DH4000041.202
Matt Dominguez, 3B4110000.237
Jon Singleton, 1B3110010.187
Robbie Grossman, RF3001020.179
Enrique Hernandez, SS2000100.275
L.J. Hoes, LF3000011.175
Scott Feldman, P0000000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000
RBI - Robbie Grossman (14)
Team LOB - 3
Outfield Assists - Robbie Grossman 1
DP - Grossman-Castro, Grossman-Castro-Hernandez-Altuve-Singleton
Houston Astros
Scott Feldman (L,4-7) 7733321 4.30
Josh Fields 1000020 4.81
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 109-64, Josh Fields 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-9, Josh Fields 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 29, Josh Fields 3
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Adam Eaton, CF4010013.270
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000001.279
Jose Abreu, 1B3110110.292
Adam Dunn, DH4010002.225
Dayan Viciedo, RF3112111.242
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000.210
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3000001.322
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000001.235
Alejandro De Aza, LF3120000.237
Tyler Flowers, C2011110.220
Jose Quintana, P0000000.000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000.000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000.000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000.000
2B - Jose Abreu (21, Feldman), Adam Dunn (15, Feldman), Tyler Flowers (8, Feldman)
3B - Adam Eaton (7, Feldman)
HR - Dayan Viciedo (12, Feldman)
RBI - Dayan Viciedo 2 (36), Tyler Flowers (27)
2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo 2 (20)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (13, 2nd base off Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 5
E - Dayan Viciedo (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Jose Quintana 5322280 3.26
Daniel Webb (W,5-2) 2000030 2.98
Ronald Belisario (H,8) 1000010 5.05
Zach Putnam (S,2) 1000020 2.43
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 106-71, Daniel Webb 29-18, Ronald Belisario 15-11, Zach Putnam 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 4-3, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Zach Putnam 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 20, Daniel Webb 6, Ronald Belisario 3, Zach Putnam 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28777
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Marcus Pattillo, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn