Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – With the playoffs right around the corner, the Houston Astros stayed hot and pushed their winning streak to six games, with a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night.
“We have to finish strong,” Carlos Correa said.
With the team’s goal of catching the Cleveland Indians who are 1.5 games ahead of the Astros, the team sent Brad Peacock to the mound to secure the win in game two of a three-game series with the White Sox.
Peacock not only answered the bell but he held the White Sox to just one hit, over six innings of work.
Peacock’s only hit was a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Starting off the inning Peacock walked Yolmer Sanchez, which was followed by a Yoan Moncada home run to put the Astros in the hole 2-1.
Overall on the season, Peacock has been a welcomed addition to the Astros staff. Over the past couple of years the righty has been more down then up, but this season, he’s righted the ship and has been very consistent for the team.
With the team trailing, the Astros would put Peacock back ahead in the bottom of the fourth with their own two runs, but instead of a home run, Yuli Gurriel would take James Shields for a two-run double, scoring both Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis who had walked.
The Astros picked up an extra insurance run in the seventh inning when Jose Altuve drove in Josh Reddick who tripled with one out. The team would miss a prime chance to play add-on though, Altuve on first, got caught flat-footed on a throw over to first from the catcher, but a bad throw sent the ball into foul territory. Altuve’s speed put him on third with one out, and unfortunately, that’s where he’d stayed.
The White Sox would not go away.
In the eighth inning, they’d get one run back and with Sanchez on second Joe Musgrove who was brought into the finish out the inning, would get a punch out to end the frame.
Musgrove would stay in the game for the save, and again would find another runner in scoring position with two outs, and again ended it the same way a strikeout to end the game.
“It feels good,” Joe Musgrove said of picking up his second save. “I don’t know if this is where I’m going to end up long term but I’m having right now and I’m enjoying it.”
With the save, Peacock would pick up his 12th win of the season, surpassing his 11 total wins through the first five years of his career.
“It’s been crazy,” Brad Peacock said of his season. “It’s been awesome, I’m just glad I’m healthy, feeling good out there was the key.”
Along with Peacock and Musgrove doing their jobs on the pitching side, Yuli Gurriel did supply the team with three hits.
“He’s an unbelievable hitter and he’s extremely hot right now,” Correa said of Gurriel.
In the month of September, the 33-year-old rookie is batting .357.
Altuve and Reddick also picked up multiple hit games, snagging two hits apiece.