CHICAGO – Two big hits from little Leury Garcia. An RBI by Yasmani Grandal with controversy included. Good relief work from Liam Hendriks and company.
Just when the Chicago White Sox got into trouble, they found their way out.
Garcia and Grandal homered and a play in which Grandal was hit by the ball while running to first base helped the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 12-6 on Sunday to keep their AL division series alive.
Backed by a noisy crowd of 40,288, the AL Central champions vaporized a 5-1 deficit in the franchise’s first home postseason game in 13 years.
Tim Anderson had another three hits and Ryan Tepera started a great Chicago bullpen finish after Dylan Cease and Michal Kopech struggled. The victory went to Kopech, while the Dominican Yimi García took the loss.
“It’s a very tough group,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa, “and sometimes you get rewarded with a comeback like that.”
Houston aspired to sweep Chicago for the fifth consecutive time in the American League championship series. The AL West champs started well led by Kyle Tucker, but they didn’t have a single hit in the last five innings.
“I think we sent a message,” Grandal said.
The fourth match of the best-of-five series was scheduled for Monday afternoon, although rain was forecast.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 3-0 with a run scored. The Cubans Yordan Álvarez 3-0 with a run scored; Yulieski Gurriel 4-0; Aledmys Diaz 1-0. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 3-0 with two runs scored; Martín Maldonado 3-0.
For the White Sox, Cubans José Abreu 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI; Yasmani Grandal 3-1 with one run scored and three RBIs; Yoan Moncada 5-2 with two runs scored. The Dominicans Eloy Jiménez 5-2 with two RBIs; Leury Garcia 5-2 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Venezuelan César Hernández 3-1.