Keuchel, Altuve help Astros complete sweep of White Sox, 2-1

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's offense cooled off on Sunday after the Astros piled up 23 runs and 30 hits combined in their last two games.

The Astros managed just three hits and two runs in the series finale against the White Sox, but it was just enough to get a 2-1 win to complete the four-game sweep.

Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings, Jose Altuve hit a homer and the Astros manufactured the go-ahead run in the seventh to get the victory.

''It was minimal offense ... but the ability to win when maybe you shouldn't win or when you don't put up enough offense is a good feeling,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Our defense was good again, our pitcher set the tone with Dallas. You've got to win a lot of different ways over the course of a full season and we do.''

Altuve's solo shot put Houston up 1-0 in the fourth to help the Astros to improve to a season-high 30 games above .500 (61-31).

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito (5-8) had retired nine straight after Altuve's home run when Yuli Gurriel got Houston's second hit of the game with a double with no outs in the seventh. He took third on a fly ball out by Josh Reddick and the Astros went up 2-1 on a sacrifice bunt by Marwin Gonzalez.

Keuchel (6-8) yielded six hits and a run while walking three to win his third straight decision.

''It seems like everybody does their part and that's how we win,'' Keuchel said.

Giolito had one of his best starts of the season, allowing three hits and two runs in a career-high 7 1/3 innings. But he continued to be plagued by a lack of run support with the White Sox being shut out in seven of his starts and managing just one run three other times.

''What a great outing for Lucas,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''It seemed like he had everything working today. He was really calm, composed.''

He fared much better than he did in his first meeting against the Astros this year when he gave up a career-worst nine runs in two innings of a 10-1 loss.

Hector Rondon struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Houston's Alex Bregman went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts to snap his 12-game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.

Yoan Moncada singled with no outs in the seventh and Yolmer Sanchez walked. Both players advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Engel before the White Sox tied it on a sacrifice fly by Tim Anderson.

Engel doubled with one out in the fifth and reached third on an error by rookie right fielder Kyle Tucker, who made his major league debut on Saturday. But Keuchel left him stranded when he struck out Tim Anderson before Avisail Garcia grounded out.

Giolito had control issues early, walking leadoff hitter George Springer on four pitches before plunking Bregman. He settled down after that, retiring nine of the next 10 batters before Houston got its first hit on the homer by Altuve.

HOMER STREAK

Altuve's homer gave the Astros at least one home run in a season-long 15 straight games. Houston set a franchise record last season by hitting at least one in 19 games in a row.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Garcia left Sunday's game in the middle of the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. ''We did it because he felt uncomfortable,'' Renteria said. ''If he felt uncomfortable, we weren't going to push him. He's had it lingering for a bit.'' ... OF Nicky Delmonico (broken hand) has gone 1 for 4 with a run scored in his first two rehabilitation games for Double-A Birmingham.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back stiffness) has yet to resume baseball activities, but Hinch said there is still a chance he comes off the disabled list before the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Chicago is off on Monday before right-hander Dylan Covey (3-3, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to start in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Covey is trying to get back on track after going 0-3 with a 13.20 ERA and 13 walks in his last four starts.

Astros: Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.70) will start for Houston in the opener of a four-game series with the Oakland A's which begins on Monday. After the Astros play the Athletics, they'll host Detroit for three games to complete a season-long 11-game homestand.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (6-8)L: L. Giolito (5-8)S: H. Rondon (7)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Anderson SS30010011.245.304.414.7180.5
A. Garcia RF30100011.282.297.542.8400.5
D. Palka LF10000001.226.277.462.7390.0
J. Abreu 1B40100001.259.315.448.7621.0
M. Davidson DH20000100.226.340.457.7972.0
C. Tilson PR-DH00000000.268.327.299.6260.0
K. Smith C40100003.321.346.346.6921.0
L. Garcia LF-RF40100013.274.308.378.6860.5
Y. Moncada 2B41100012.233.296.411.7061.5
Y. Sanchez 3B20000200.257.308.411.7192.0
A. Engel CF30100013.224.280.311.5911.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH20000210.248.333.425.7581.5
    A. Bregman 3B30000023.281.384.519.9030.0
    J. Altuve 2B41111013.338.404.488.8925.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B31100001.303.335.441.7773.0
    J. Reddick RF30000001.265.339.412.7500.0
    M. Gonzalez SS20010010.228.303.356.6580.5
    K. Tucker LF30000000.143.250.143.3930.0
    M. Stassi C30000000.258.341.477.8180.0
    T. Kemp CF20100100.299.392.411.8036.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Engel (11)
      • SF - T. Anderson
      • SH - A. Engel (6)
      • RBI - T. Anderson (35)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (22)
      • HR - J. Altuve (9)
      • SH - M. Gonzalez (4)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (44), M. Gonzalez (36)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Kemp 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Keuchel-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - K. Tucker
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (L, 5-8)7.13223316.591.5612.5
      J. Soria0.20000202.941.191.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (L, 5-8)7.1
      J. Soria0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 6-8)7.06113203.951.3122.0
      C. McHugh (H, 2)1.00000100.860.743.5
      H. Rondon (S, 7)1.00000201.391.1411.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 6-8)7.0
      C. McHugh (H, 2)1.0
      H. Rondon (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Soria
      • HBP - L. Giolito (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 100-61, J. Soria 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 12-6
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, J. Soria 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. McHugh (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 104-63, C. McHugh 15-11, H. Rondon 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 16-2, H. Rondon 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 29, C. McHugh 4, H. Rondon 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Anderson SS30010011.245.304.414.7180.5
      A. Garcia RF30100011.282.297.542.8400.5
      D. Palka LF10000001.226.277.462.7390.0
      J. Abreu 1B40100001.259.315.448.7621.0
      M. Davidson DH20000100.226.340.457.7972.0
      C. Tilson PR-DH00000000.268.327.299.6260.0
      K. Smith C40100003.321.346.346.6921.0
      L. Garcia LF-RF40100013.274.308.378.6860.5
      Y. Moncada 2B41100012.233.296.411.7061.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B20000200.257.308.411.7192.0
      A. Engel CF30100013.224.280.311.5911.5
      Total3016103515-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer DH20000210.248.333.425.7581.5
        A. Bregman 3B30000023.281.384.519.9030.0
        J. Altuve 2B41111013.338.404.488.8925.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B31100001.303.335.441.7773.0
        J. Reddick RF30000001.265.339.412.7500.0
        M. Gonzalez SS20010010.228.303.356.6580.5
        K. Tucker LF30000000.143.250.143.3930.0
        M. Stassi C30000000.258.341.477.8180.0
        T. Kemp CF20100100.299.392.411.8036.0
        Total252321358-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Engel (11)
          • SF - T. Anderson
          • SH - A. Engel (6)
          • RBI - T. Anderson (35)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (22)
          • HR - J. Altuve (9)
          • SH - M. Gonzalez (4)
          • RBI - J. Altuve (44), M. Gonzalez (36)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Kemp 2 (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Keuchel-Altuve-Gurriel)
          • E - K. Tucker
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito (L, 5-8)7.13223316.591.5612.5
          J. Soria0.20000202.941.191.0
          Total8.0322351---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito (L, 5-8)7.1
          J. Soria0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Keuchel (W, 6-8)7.06113203.951.3122.0
          C. McHugh (H, 2)1.00000100.860.743.5
          H. Rondon (S, 7)1.00000201.391.1411.0
          Total9.0611350---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Keuchel (W, 6-8)7.0
          C. McHugh (H, 2)1.0
          H. Rondon (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Soria
          • HBP - L. Giolito (11)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 100-61, J. Soria 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 12-6
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, J. Soria 2
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. McHugh (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 104-63, C. McHugh 15-11, H. Rondon 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 16-2, H. Rondon 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 29, C. McHugh 4, H. Rondon 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gonzalez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gurriel scored12
            Anderson hit sacrifice fly to right, Moncada scored11
          • 4TH INNING
            Altuve homered to left center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Hector Rondon relieved Collin McHugh
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Collin McHugh relieved Dallas Keuchel
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu flied out to shallow right
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davidson hit by pitch
            • Charlie Tilson ran for Matt Davidson
            • K. Smith: Smith flied out to right
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp singled to left
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
            • Joakim Soria relieved Lucas Giolito
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp to third, Springer to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Moncada singled to left
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Moncada to second
            • A. Engel: Foul, Engel hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Moncada to third, Sanchez to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson hit sacrifice fly to right, Moncada scored
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Palka grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick lined out to center, Gurriel to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gurriel scored
            • K. Tucker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Tucker grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu singled to right
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Davidson grounded out to first, Abreu to second
            • K. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to second, Abreu to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Daniel Palka in left field
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike (foul tip), Altuve grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Engel doubled to left center, Engel to third on left fielder Tucker fielding error
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tucker grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Davidson grounded out to first
            • K. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to center
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia reached on fielder's choice to third, Smith out at second
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left center
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to left
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded out to second
            • A. Garcia: Garcia singled to left
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Garcia out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Stassi grounded out to third
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
            • G. Springer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging, Kemp stole second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith reached on fielder's choice to third, Davidson out at second
            • L. Garcia: Garcia singled to right, Smith to second
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada reached on fielder's choice to first, Smith to third, Garcia out at second
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Moncada to second
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Tucker grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Springer to third, Bregman out at second
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded into double play second to first, Altuve out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)