Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Dominguez crushed a pair of two-run
homers to power the Houston Astros to an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox
in the rubber match of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
Jonathan Villar chipped in with two RBI and Chris Carter added a solo shot for
Houston, winners in five of its last seven contests.
Brad Peacock (1-4) spun a solid 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five
hits and four walks to earn the win.
Chicago starter John Danks (3-4) surrendered eight runs -- seven earned -- on
10 hits and three walks while fanning seven.
Adrian Nieto finished 3-for-3 and drove in both runs for the White Sox, who
have lost six of their last eight games.
Chicago also lost star first baseman Jose Abreu, placing the majors' home run
leader on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game with tendinitis in his
Carter crushed his sixth home run of the year to ignite a four-run second
inning. Jesus Guzman drew a four-pitch walk and L.J. Hoes' ground-rule double
put runners in scoring position with no outs.
Villar drove in two with a liner to left and took second when Alejandro De Aza
overran the ball. Villar stole third and cruised home when White Sox catcher
Nieto's throw sailed into left field to make it 4-0.
After walking the first batter of the third and allowing a Nieto RBI single up
the middle, Peacock escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Peacock snagged Gordon
Beckham's comebacker to start a 1-2-3 double play and Conor Gillaspie flied
out to center end the threat.
Houston made it 6-1 in the bottom of the inning after Dominguez connected for
his first two-run homer. Dexter Fowler led off with a line drive double.
Dominguez smacked his second two-run shot of the game in the fifth after a
walk to Fowler, who drew a free pass for the eighth straight game.
A pair of two-out walks kept the seventh inning alive for the White Sox and
Nieto's double to center scored Alexei Ramirez, cutting the deficit to 8-2.
Josh Fields took over for Peacock and fanned Adam Eaton for the final out of
Dominguez became the first Astro with a multi-homer game this season ... Eaton
took Abreu's roster spot. He was activated off the 15-day disabled list after
recovering from a straight right hamstring that had sidelined him since early
May ... Houston's Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going
1-for-5 with a single ... Fowler has reached base safely in 16 straight games.