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Chi White Sox0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 381
Houston1 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 x 7112
  W: F. Valdez (4-0)   L: L. Lynn (7-3)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)5:15 PM CT, June 19, 2021
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 35,210

Facing Astros, White Sox turn to Lance Lynn to avoid 3-game skid

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Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

  1. Chicago took four of the last five meetings with Houston in 2019 after the Astros had won nine straight from the start of 2018 to the first two meetings in 2019. The White Sox have won just three of their last 11 at Minute Maid Park dating back to the 2017 season, including each of the last two meetings there in 2019.
  2. Chicago took two of three against Tampa Bay and has won four straight series dating back to June 3, the third longest active series win streak behind the Astros and A's (five each). The White Sox have gotten 10 quality starts in the 13 games over that streak -- overall this season, the White Sox 29 quality starts are tied for fourth in MLB and second in the AL (A's, 34).
  3. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start Friday's contest in his first appearance after his no-hit bid in Detroit on Sunday. Rodon has three starts in which he's gone 6.0+ innings and allowed one or fewer hits this season -- already tied for the most in White Sox history (Frank Smith, 1905; Ed Walsh, 1906).
  4. Houston swept a two-game series against the Rangers this week, hitting eight home runs in the series, including six in Wednesday's series finale. The Astros have hit multiple home runs in each of their last nine games -- the longest streak in franchise history and one shy of the major league record (Orioles, 10 in July 2019).
  5. Jose Altuve hit a walkoff grand slam in Tuesday's win over the Rangers, then led off Wednesday's game with a home run. He's the first player in MLB history to hit a walkoff grand slam followed by a leadoff home run in his team's next game.
  6. The White Sox and Astros are each 10-4 (.714) in June, tied for the third best record in the majors this month -- only the Athletics (12-2, .857) and Reds (11-3, .786) have been better.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2021 thru 6/20/2021
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago White Sox will look to avoid just their second three-game losing streak of the season when they face the host Houston Astros on Saturday night after dropping the first two contests of a four-game series between two of baseball's best teams.

"It's pretty close as you can get to a playoff atmosphere," said White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon, who pitched exceptionally over seven innings on Friday. "It was fun to be out there and hear that, but it's definitely a tough loss."

The White Sox entered the series tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best record in the majors. Now they have dropped consecutive games for the first time since losing to the Cleveland Indians on May 31 and June 1. Thus far, the Astros have been worthy adversaries, defeating the White Sox 10-2 on Thursday and 2-1 on Friday.

"Exactly what they did to us the last two nights is what we've been doing to people all year," White Sox catcher Zack Collins said, whose team's only three-game losing streak this season occurred when they were swept by the Yankees from May 21-23.

Right-hander Lance Lynn (7-2, 1.51 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the White Sox on Saturday night. He suffered the loss in his previous start, snapping a six-game winning streak, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over six innings in a 5-2 setback to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 14.

Lynn produced a 1.37 ERA and a .183 opponent batting average over his previous eight starts. He is 5-6 with a 3.99 ERA over 12 career starts against the Astros, including an 0-4 record and 8.06 ERA over his previous four starts.

Left-hander Framber Valdez (3-0, 1.42) will start for the Astros. He earned his third consecutive victory in his previous start against the Minnesota Twins last Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over seven innings in a 14-3 win. Valdez missed the club's first 49 games with a left-index-finger fracture and will make his fifth start of the season.

He has faced the White Sox once previously, working 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts on May 23, 2019.

After hitting nine home runs in their previous two games, the Astros parlayed a bases-loaded walk from their nine-hole hitter, Martin Maldonado, and the first career walk-off hit from Yordan Alvarez into their 14th win in 18 games on Friday.

On a night when Rodon stifled their powerful lineup, the Astros got 13 combined strikeouts from right-handers Luis Garcia (eight), Ryne Stanek (two) and Ryan Pressly, who struck out the side in the ninth to earn the victory.

"That's what you have to do," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "You can't win the same way every day. A winning streak is usually about that. You find ways to win. We've been getting good pitching. We've been getting pitching deep into the game. So hopefully we just keep on rolling."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 19, 2021

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