CHICAGO — Yoán Moncada hit the go-ahead single in the eighth inning for the second straight game, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The duel between two candidates for the American League Cy Young Trophy: Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander did not meet expectations. Still, the White Sox had their fifth win and moved within a game of AL Central leader Cleveland.
Moncada broke the tie with his two-run single on Monday in a 4-2 win. This time, Chicago had a man at third base when the Cuban singled to center field off Hector Neris (4-4) to make it 4-3.
Cease pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. The 26-year-old right-hander had gone 14 straight starts without giving up more than one earned run, a major league record.
Verlander, leading the majors in ERA going into the game, pitched seven innings. The two-time Cy Young Award-winning star allowed three runs on eight hits.
Cuban José Abreu added three hits for Chicago. Jimmy Lambert (1-2) gave up a single from Honduran Mauricio Dubon in the eighth inning but got the win.
Liam Hendriks recorded his 27th save in 30 chances, shooting the ninth inning on seven pitches.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Cubans Yuli Gurriel 4-1 with a run scored, Yordan Álvarez 4-1, Aledmys Díaz 2-0. The Dominican Jeremy Peña 4-0. Honduran Dubón 4-3. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 3-0. Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 1-0.
For the White Sox, Dominican Eloy Jiménez 3-1. Cubans Abreu 4-3 with a run scored, Yasmani Grandal 4-1, Moncada 4-1 with an RBI. The Venezuelan Lenyn Sosa 2-0.
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