The Chicago White Sox reported relaxed, refreshed and ready to go Friday night following the 4-day All-Star break, and they were rewarded with a 3-2 win over the Astros.
"It matters a lot to these guys," manager Robin Ventura said before the win. "The 4-day (break) actually turns out to be a pretty nice thing for these guys. It's enough of a break that you can really get away and decompress and gear yourself back up and re-charge and get ready for the second half."
Left-hander Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) got the starting assignment for the Sox against Houston's Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33).
The Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, in part because of some shoddy defense. Matt Dominquez opened with a single. Jon Singleton singled to right-center. The ball went under the glove of right fielder Dayan Viciedo for an error, allowing Dominquez to score as Singleton motored around to third. Robbie Grossman then grounded out to short, allowing Singleton to score.
Viciedo hit a two-run homer to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth inning. Then Tyler Flowers delivered an RBI single in the seventh to put the Sox ahead 3-2.
The Sox entered the game at 45-51, tied for fourth in the AL Central. Yet general manger Rick Hahn will not tip his hand as to whether the team will be buyers or sellers as the trade deadline approaches.
"It's certainly a very fair question but also not one that I'm going to answer, which I think you can understand," Hahn said before the game.
"Look, we are not where we need to be, we know that. We are realistic about where we are today. We are realistic about where we are likely to be over the next 10 weeks or so. I think if there are opportunities to continue the process we started over a year ago, in terms of putting long-term pieces in place that we feel will allow us to compete on an annual basis, we will follow down those paths.
"But we are not going to force anything. There's no urgency to make any moves at this time. It's going to be dictated based upon the fits and what the return is going to be. I certainly don't plan to make any declarations or hang any signs on the front of the ballpark declaring our intentions. We are going to continue to be consistent and act in the same vain that we have in the past year, and that's trying to find long-term fits that can have an impact here."
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