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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Astros 3

By Bruce Levine



CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox rallied in the eighth inning to eclipse the Houston Astros and go on to a 4-3 victory.

How it happened: Jordan Danks' career-high third hit of the game plated the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth. The White Sox were hoping to solve the mystic of beating the worst team in baseball. Houston had defeated Chicago in four of the first five games between the two clubs this season. (The two teams played one of the ugliest games of the season Monday, angering both coaching staffs in a 10-8 decision in Houston’s favor.) On Tuesday, Sox starter Jose Quintana was coming off two solid outings (five earned runs in 13T innings). Both teams scored single runs in the fourth inning. Houston’s Matt Dominguez singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Dominguez’s blooper double plated the first run off of Quintana. His teammate Chris Carter had an RBI single in the eighth.

What it means: The White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games. Chicago had lost six of their past eight to Houston going back to 2012. Addison Reed recorded his 36th save of the season.

Outside the box: Shortstop Alexei Ramirez will get his first day off of the season on Wednesday. ... Leury Garcia will start at shortstop in place of Ramirez after getting his first start at second base on Tuesday. ... Chicago was a major league best 8-2 over their past 10 games entering play Tuesday evening.

Up next: Houston RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1,1.60) and White Sox LHP Chris Sale (9-12 ,3.08) pitch the finale of the three-game series in a 7:10 p.m. CT start Wednesday.