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Chicago White Sox and Yoán Moncada run out of late-inning magic in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — Adam Engel began the seventh inning with a broken-bat single to center. He represented the tying run for the Chicago White Sox against the Houston Astros.

Did the Sox have another comeback in them?

Not Wednesday.

Romy Gonzalez hit a grounder to shortstop Jeremy Peña, and the Astros got a forceout at second. AJ Pollock’s hard-hit grounder up the middle turned into an eye-opening, inning-ending double play started by second baseman Jose Altuve.

There would be no late-game magic for a third straight night for the Sox, who fell 3-2 in front of 24,671.

“(We) got up in the late innings there with opportunities again,” Engel said. “Law of averages says you’re not going to capitalize every single time, but it felt like we were.”

 

The Sox saw their winning streak end at five and fell two games behind the Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central.

The Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning Monday to beat the Astros 4-2. They scored twice in the seventh and once in the eighth Tuesday, rallying for a 4-3 victory.

Yoán Moncada provided the go-ahead hit in both of those games. He found himself in another big spot Wednesday.

Eloy Jiménez walked with one out in the eighth. He was lifted for pinch runner Luis Robert. José Abreu singled off the glove of a diving Peña.

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