HOUSTON — Johnny Cueto and Reynaldo López mixed for a three-hitter and Luis Robert tied a career-high with 4 RBIs because the Chicago White Sox jumped on Justin Verlander early and cruised to a 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Cueto (1-3) allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 in a season-high seven innings to get his first win since July 29 with San Francisco.
“Johnny set the tempo,” supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned. “He is an artist on the market … that is simply excessive, excessive main league pitching.”
Robert tied a season finest with 3 hits and José Abreu drove in 2 runs because the White Sox constructed a 7-0 lead after 4 innings to get their fourth win in 5 video games.
Cueto allowed a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and walked a batter within the fourth and sixth innings.
However Houston did not get one other hit till Alex Bregman singled with no outs within the seventh. He was erased when Yordan Alvarez grounded right into a double play earlier than Cueto retired Kyle Tucker to finish his day.
Houston supervisor Dusty Baker, who managed Cueto in Cincinnati, raved concerning the right-hander.
“When he is on along with his stuff, he is as robust as anyone,” Baker mentioned. “He is aware of find out how to pitch.”
López yielded 1 hit in two scoreless innings to finish the shutout.
Verlander (8-3) entered the day tied for the MLB lead with eight wins, however had a uncommon sub-par begin in what has been a splendid season in his return after lacking virtually two years after Tommy John surgical procedure.
He allowed 9 hits and seven runs — 4 earned — in a season-low 3⅔ innings to snap a two-game successful streak.
“These hitters at this stage are actually good, too,” Verlander mentioned. “So I feel this would possibly simply be a state of affairs the place you give credit score the place credit score is due.”
Houston’s robust day on the plate got here a day after the group scored 10 runs within the sixth inning to tie a season excessive with 13 runs in a win within the collection opener.
La Russa was impressed with the way in which his group bounced again after Friday’s loss.
“It is a very resilient, robust minded, robust coronary heart, robust guts membership,” he mentioned. “We hung in there. That is why they’ve my whole respect and admiration. That is an instance at this time. We put that sport behind us.”
Seby Zavala singled to open the Sox’s third and Danny Mendick singled with one out. The White Sox loaded the bases on a single by Andrew Vaughn earlier than Robert’s single on a liner to proper area scored two to make it 2-0.
Abreu then hit a double to left area to ship two extra dwelling and prolong the result in 4-0.
A single by Josh Harrison obtained issues going for the Sox within the fourth and Adam Engel singled with one out. Altuve then let Vaughn’s grounder to second roll via his legs, and Robert hit a two-run double that chased Verlander. He was changed by Phil Maton and he retired Abreu to finish the inning.