HOUSTON -- Left-hander Erik Bedard
continued an impressive run by Houston starters, working six resilient innings in the Astros' 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox
on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Bedard (2-3) allowed one earned run and three hits while striking out six. In the last 28 games dating to May 15, Houston starters have allowed just 57 earned runs in 171 innings for a composite 3.00 ERA.
The Astros' bullpen didn't squander the lead. Jose Cisnero and Travis Blackley
set the table for Jose Veras' 12th save.
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale
(5-5) was brilliant in defeat, allowing two unearned runs and striking out 14 in eight innings. His strikeout total, which included seven called third strikes, was one off his career best set May 28, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Rays
. Sale threw a career-high 124 pitches in his third complete game.
Chicago (28-36) went 1-7 on its previous road trip and opened a 10-game swing that will include stops in Minnesota and Kansas City. The Astros (24-44) won their second consecutive game after a six-game skid.
Sale's defense failed him in the fifth inning, when two errors on shortstop Alexi Ramirez -- one fielding, one throwing -- led to two Houston runs. Ronny Cedeno
reached on an error, advanced into scoring position on a Sale wild pitch and scored when Ramirez uncorked an errant throw to second base. The second run came on an infield single and gave the Astros a 2-1 lead.
Chicago had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Paul Konerko
doubled, advanced to
NOTES: The White Sox and Astros squared off at Minute Maid Park for the first time since Chicago claimed Games 3 and 4 and completed a sweep of the 2005 World Series. ... With the White Sox scheduled to start John Danks, Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana in the final three games of this four-game series, the Astros will face four consecutive left-handed starters in a single series for the first time since July 13-15, 1989, when the Philadelphia Phillies
sent Bruce Ruffin, Dennis Cook, Terry Mulholland and Larry McWilliams to the mound in succession.
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