HOUSTON (AP) - The Chicago White Sox couldn't get anything going against Bud Norris through five innings Monday night.
The sixth was a different story.
Dayan Viciedo's bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth sent the White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the White Sox and allowed them to avoid being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008.
Chicago trailed 2-0 before Alejandro De Aza singled in the sixth and went to third on Adam Dunn's two-out single. Paul Konerko pulled Chicago to 2-1 with an RBI single that went between Norris' legs and into center field.
Conor Gillaspie barely beat the throw to first on an infield single that loaded the bases. That brought up Viciedo, whose triple landed on Tal's Hill in center field just out of the reach of a diving Brandon Barnes. All three runners scored to put Chicago up 4-2.
``I felt a lot of those balls could have gone my way,' Norris said. ``Dunn's went right up the middle. Konerko's was a comebacker up the middle. I missed the next one and boom, there it is. It's very frustrating like that. I worked around a couple situations, but that one I could not get out of and they put pressure on me.'
Norris (5-7) allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in his third consecutive loss.
It was the second straight game with a triple for Viciedo.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura knows his team got some breaks in the big inning.
``He was good,' Ventura said of Norris. ``We got lucky with the placement of some balls, but again when you put guys in situations with a lot of guys on, it becomes different.'
Nate Jones (3-4) allowed three hits in 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. He struck out three.
Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana yielded five hits and two runs in 4 2-3 innings, but didn't factor in the decision for the fourth straight start. He has a no-decision in nine of his 14 starts this season.
Jason Castro doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Astros, who had won four straight. Barnes had three hits.
It was a rare road win for the struggling White Sox, who have dropped 12 of their last 14 away from Chicago and 14 of 19 overall.
The Astros had runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh after back-to-back singles by Barnes and Jose Altuve. But Matt Thornton struck out Castro before Jesse Crain fanned J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter to end the inning.
Houston manager Bo Porter was disappointed that his team didn't take advantage of that opportunity.
``I was feeling pretty good about it, having first and third with nobody out and the guys we had coming up,' Porter said. ``You are thinking that we are going to push a couple across and at least tie. Their guy did a good job and made some quality pitches and got out of it, and we didn't get the big hit.'
Carter struck out twice to give him 101 this season, which leads the majors. The Astros struck out 12 times in all to extend their total to a major league-high 673.
``None of those guys are looking to strike out,' Porter said. ``They are looking to put the ball in play. Sometimes you have to tip your cap. The pitcher made good pitches.'
Crain struck out three in 1 2-3 innings for his career-high 27th consecutive scoreless appearance to tie a franchise record for relievers.
Altuve singled with one out in the first and scored on a double by Castro to make it 1-0.
Quintana pitched a 1-2-3 second inning before getting into trouble in the third. Barnes singled to start the inning before stealing second base and advancing to third on an error by catcher Hector Gimenez with one out.
Castro's second double, which bounced off the wall in right field, sent Barnes home to extend the lead to 2-0. Castro has five RBIs, two doubles and two homers in the last three games.
Norris looked good early. He allowed a double to Alex Rios with two outs in the first before retiring the next eight batters. Rios singled with one out in the fourth and stole second, but Norris set down the next two batters to end the threat.
NOTES: Houston activated OF Justin Maxwell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned OF Jimmy Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the game. Maxwell, who has been out since April 24 with a broken left hand, will be in Tuesday's lineup. ... Jordan Lyles is scheduled to pitch for the Astros on Tuesday when they open a series with Milwaukee. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro is set to pitch for the Brewers. ... The Astros signed second-round draft pick RHP Andrew Thurman and four other picks on Monday. Thurman was at Minute Maid Park and worked out with the team before the game. Houston also signed 28th-round pick LHP Jordan Mills, 30th-round pick RHP Jorge Perez, 33rd-rounder 1B Tyler White and J.D. Osborne, who was selected in the 36th round.
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