Garcia drives in 3, Correa homers as Astros beat White Sox


Houston Astros third baseman Robel Garcia, right, celebrates with starting pitcher Framber Valdez after throwing out Chicago White Sox’s Adam Engel to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros rookie Robel Garcia tied a career high with three RBIs, Carlos Correa homered and Houston beat Lance Lynn and the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Saturday night.

Framber Valdez (4-0) had another strong start to help the Astros to a sixth consecutive victory, tying their longest winning streak this season.

The Astros tagged Lynn (7-3), who entered with a 1.51 ERA, for eight hits and six runs — both season highs — in four innings in his shortest start of the season. Five of the runs were earned, which was also the most he’d permitted this season.

Valdez yielded six hits and three runs — two earned — in seven innings to extend his career-best streak by winning his sixth consecutive decision dating to last season.

Things went wrong for the White Sox almost immediately. Jose Altuve singled and advanced to second on an error by third baseman Yoán Moncada when he badly overthrew first base to start Houston’s first. A single by Yuli Gurriel with one out sent Altuve to third, and he scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.

There were two outs in the third when Adam Engel singled to right field. He scored when Moncada smacked a double to left field to tie it at 1-1.

Altuve got things going in the third on a double with one out. Brantley followed with an RBI single to put Houston on top 2-1.

There were two outs in the inning when Yordan Alvarez singled before Lynn walked Correa to load the bases.

Garcia, starting in place of injured third baseman Alex Bregman, sent a fastball from Lynn on a full count to the warning track in right field to clear the bases and extend the lead to 5-1.

Houston added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Brantley with two outs.

Andrew Vaughn hit a solo homer to start the seventh and get the White Sox within 6-2. Danny Mendick singled with one out in the inning and scored from second with two outs after a wild pitch by Valdez and an error by catcher Martín Maldonado.

Correa hit a solo homer in the eighth.

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