Peacock, Gurriel lead Astros over White Sox 4-3

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock staked his claim to a slot in the postseason rotation, working six strong innings as the Houston Astros held off the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock (12-2) allowed only one hit, a two-run homer by White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada in the fourth inning, while recording six strikeouts against two walks. He retired the side in order in four of his six innings while producing his sixth consecutive start with two or fewer earned runs allowed.

The Astros (93-58) climbed a season-high 35 games over .500 by cobbling together just enough run support to buoy Peacock. Catcher Evan Gattis delivered a seeing-eye, RBI single in the second inning that scored Carlos Correa. Gattis scored in the fourth after working a two-out walk and coming home along with Marwin Gonzalez when Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run double to right-center field.

Right-hander James Shields (4-7) surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss for the White Sox (60-91). The Moncada home run was his seventh on the season.

Josh Reddick tripled and scored in the bottom of the seventh, coming home when Jose Altuve scorched a grounder that ricocheted off Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson and into center field.

Right-hander Joe Musgrove earned his second save, working the final 1 1/3 innings for Houston, which won its sixth consecutive game.

Peacock retired the first nine batters he faced, doing so on only 41 pitches, before Moncada struck in the top of the fourth. His two-run, line-drive homer to right marked his eighth hit in five games against the Astros this season and followed a leadoff walk by Yolmer Sanchez.

That was the lone hiccup for Peacock, who stranded Tim Anderson at third base to close the fifth inning and returned for the sixth to set the White Sox down in order.

Peacock allowed only three baserunners over his six innings, posting six strikeouts before departing with the lead.

NOTES: Astros RHP Mike Fiers was activated from his five-game suspension and will work out of the bullpen in long relief. Of the 29 appearances Fiers has made this season, only one has come in relief -- a one-inning stint Sept. 8 at Oakland. ... White Sox RF Avisail Garcia departed in the middle of the third inning with stomach discomfort. Garcia made one plate appearance, striking out in the second inning before being replaced by Alen Hanson. ... With his two-run, two-out double in the fourth inning, Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel set a franchise rookie record with his 57th extra-base hit (39 doubles, 17 home runs, one triple). Hunter Pence held the previous mark of 56 set in 2007.


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