The slogan “Let’s go, White Sox” echoed through the Guaranteed Rate field.
The Chicago White Sox are two behind but were second and third with two dismissals in the eighth inning on Monday against the Houston Astros.
Eloy Jiménez doubled the line to the left, and both runners scored to tie the game.
Two walks, one intentional and one conventional, loaded the bases for Yoan Moncada. He hit the first pitch he saw in the center to advance for two runs.
An eighth inning spell – and Johnny Couto’s pitching – propelled the Sox to a 4–2 victory in front of 18,205.
Cueto (5-5) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk in eight innings. Rallying into the bottom of the eighth, with all but two outs, put him in a winning position.
Liam Hendrix got Mauricio Dubon to pop out with two runners for his 26th save as the Sox completed one of their best wins of the season.
“This win just confirms that we have a very good team,” Moncada said through an interpreter, “and we have to believe in him and the people around the team also have to believe in him.” “
The Sox extended their winning streak to four and leveled a season high of .500 on April 16, leading four games for the first time since 6–2. The Sox (60–56) finished second in the American League Central. with the Minnesota Twins, but both teams picked up a half game over the Cleveland Guardian and are two games behind.
“We need every win and she was a good one,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “All these games are playoff games and we need to be ready to compete.
“We have to forget where we are now. We just have to keep working hard and try to win every match. We don’t need to look at the standings right now. We have to work hard and see what happens in the end.”
Quito put the Sox in position with another brilliant outing.
“You can’t confuse him,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa. “He’s so special. It’s fun to watch him. I’m glad that especially our youngsters are watching him. He learns a lot about what you have to do when you’re a starting pitcher to keep you in the game.”
After his last start in Kansas City on Wednesday, Cuoto said the team needed to “Show us the fire we have – if we have any” he saw on Monday.
“That’s what we need to do in every sport, just try to compete and have the same energy level and enthusiasm that we had (Monday),” he said.
The Astros scored twice in the first. When second baseman Josh Harrison couldn’t get off Yuli Gurrill’s grounder, Dubon moved up to singles and third.
Dubon flew into the center of Yordan Alvarez’s sacrifice. Gurrell scored the first goal on Alex Bregman’s double.
“I just took care of myself,” Cuoto said. “It wasn’t a good start for us, but it wasn’t (Harrison’s) fault either. After that error, I said, ‘(maverick) this, let’s keep competing,’ and I was able to get out of that innings with two runs.
He worked out a few jams, including a sixth when the Astros’ runners were in first and second with one. Cueto steered Jake Meyers to third place by a helicopter. Moncada stepped on the bag and threw first for a double play at the end of an innings.
Cuoto clenched his fists in the eighth position 1-2-3 after Kyle Tucker was dismissed.
A strong pitching from Astros starter Jose Urquidi made the Sox two down. He was out after AJ Pollock reached an infield hit with two outs in the eighth. All six hits allowed by Urquidy were singles.
The ball rolled for the Sox with a hit from Pollock. Andrew von the reliever doubled against Rafael Monteiro, and Jiménez followed with his game-tying double on a 0–2 pitch.
“I was trying to find a good pitch to hit,” Jimenez said. “That wasn’t a good pitch to hit, but I thank God I still had the ability to keep that ball fair.”
Jose Abreu took two balls before a deliberate walk, and Yasmani Grandal finished the count before running to load the bases for Moncada.
“I just went there looking for fastballs,” Moncada said. “I wasn’t looking for anything else. Just fastballs. He threw me a fastball and I was able to barrel over the ball.”
The liner fell in front of Meyers in center field and scored two runs, putting the Sox thriller in winning position.
“We were able to keep our focus all the way through,” Moncada said. “That eighth innings, it was a big innings for us.
“Like everyone said, the game doesn’t end until the end. We kept fighting and we kept raging and grinding.”