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Recap: Astros 1, White Sox 6
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: August 28, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Jarred Cosart was pumped to go up against one of the best starters in baseball.

Cosart's outing started slowly before he quickly bounced back to give the Astros six strong innings of one-run ball, but Houston's bullpen failed him in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

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``You got to be nervous before every game, but you know you're going up against (Chris) Sale,' Cosart said. ``He's an All-Star, he's going to make a lot of money and he's throwing the ball extremely well. Especially last game, he gave up eight runs, a guy like that, a number one guy, he's not going to have two bad outings in a row.'

Cosart opened the game with a walk to Leury Garcia then allowed back-to-back singles to Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger to load the bases. After pitching coach Doug Brocail came out to the mound for a chat, Cosart struck out Adam Dunn. Paul Konerko followed with an RBI single, but Cosart escaped with minimal damage by inducing a double play grounder against Avisail Garcia.

``Brocail thought I was working really fast and he asked if I was all right,' Cosart said. ``I said, `Yeah, just a little excited.' So I just kind of got back in my comfort zone, both of them coming over to talk and calm me down a little bit. And that helped me out from there.'

Cosart had every right to be nervous facing Sale (10-12), who bounced back from an embarrassing start Friday night against Texas in which he allowed a career-worst four home runs. Against Houston, he gave up only one run on four hits, struck out 12 and left to standing ovation after allowing his second walk of the game.

Astros manager Bo Porter said Sale performed as expected.

``He was vintage Chris Sale,' Porter said. ``He's a strikeout guy, power arm and was pretty much lights out. We hit some balls hard, but they were able to make plays. Other than that, he was pretty dominant.'

Sale became the first pitcher in White Sox history to have 12-plus strikeouts in four starts. He also dropped his ERA to 2.99. His only blemish came in the seventh when Chris Carter sent a two-out, 421-foot solo shot into the left field bleachers to tie the game 1-1. It was Carter's 26th of the season.

While both starters delivered strong performances, it was when the Astros went to their bullpen that things went awry.

The White Sox broke the 1-all tie in the seventh when Leury Garcia scored on Keppinger's sacrifice fly to shallow center field off Astros reliever Lucas Harrell.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated that Leury Garcia's speed was the type of spark the White Sox needed.

``He just seems to be in the middle of everything,' Ventura said. ``When you have that kind of speed to get on and everybody knows you're probably going, and to steal it and get in scoring position and then score on a pretty shallow fly ball, again, that kind of speed is not everywhere.'

Harrell (6-15) then allowed back-to-back walks and Avisail Garcia followed with his first home run with the White Sox to put them up 5-1.

But it was Leury Garcia's speed on the base paths that really set the tone for the inning. Garcia led off the inning with a walk, stole second and advanced to third when catcher Cody Clark's throw to second went into center field. It appeared as though second baseman Jake Elmore was late in covering the bag, allowing what looked like a good throw to sail into the outfield.

``I really felt like I made some good pitches,' Harrell said. ``And then I thought Clark made a nice throw to second base. I don't know if there was some miscommunication, but that happens.'

Notes: Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in a trade involving OF Alex Rios, walked twice and scored two runs while driving in a run on a sacrifice fly for Chicago. ... Grossman had his 14-game hitting streak snapped. ... White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza and SS Alexei Ramirez each got the night off.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Astros at White Sox
Mon, Aug 26 Final 10 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Astros at White Sox
Tue, Aug 27 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Astros at White Sox
Wed, Aug 28 Final 1 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +220   -105   7.5 
 CHW  -240   -115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +200   -105   7.5 
 CHW  -240   -115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  64%   26%   23% 
 CHW  36%   74%   77% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 3 Under: 7 
 CHW 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 10 Cover: +138 
 CHW 8 Over: 18 
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 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 4 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Under: 6 
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 Jun 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 4 Over: 9 
 HOU 5 Cover: +117 
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 Jun 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 3 Under: 7 
 HOU 4 Cover: +110 
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 Jun 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 1 Under: 3 
 HOU 2 Cover: +170 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Wednesday, Aug 28
 
    Cubs at Dodgers
3:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Mariners
3:40 PM EDT
    Athletics at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Giants at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Padres at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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