HOUSTON — The White Sox have shown an ability to survive despite injuries to some of their most important players this season, but Sunday was not one of those efforts.
After losing first baseman Jose Abreu to the disabled list with left ankle tendinitis Sunday morning, the Sox and left-hander John Danks fell to the Astros 8-2 at Minute Maid Park for their third straight series loss.
“We’re looking a lot different than we did a week ago, just guys we have in there, how they’re swinging,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You take somebody like Abreu out of there, it just looks different. It needs to pick up because he’s not going to be here for a couple of weeks.”
The Astros took a four-run lead for the second straight game.
Chris Carter started with a solo home run in the second inning. After a walk and a double, Jonathan Villar hit a two-run single to left field. Alejandro De Aza committed an error while fielding it, and Villar advanced to second. He stole third and scored on Nieto’s throwing error to third for a 4-0 Astros lead.
“Everything gets frustrating, especially when you have games like this,” Ventura said of De Aza’s error. “It just has to be cleaned up. You have that and throwing down the left-field line. You keep giving teams opportunities, you’re going to pay for it.”
Dominguez hit two-run shots in the third and fifth innings off Danks, who lasted a season-low 42/3 innings. Danks gave up 10 hits and eight runs — seven earned — walked three and struck out seven, and he was even more disappointed to do it in his home state in front of about 30 family members and friends.
“I did a terrible job of keeping the ball in the ballpark,” Danks said. “I did a terrible job of getting in pitchers’ counts. … It was an all-round pretty crappy day.”
The Sox had a third-inning chance to rally against the Astros after walks to Alexei Ramirez and De Aza and singles by Nieto and Adam Eaton cut the lead to 4-1. They had the bases loaded with no outs but failed to score as Gordon Beckham grounded into a double play and Conor Gillaspie flied out to center field.