Matijewicz homers for first MLB hit, Astros beat White Sox 4-3. defeated by

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie JJ Matijevik scored his first major league hit home and Mauricio Dubon added a two-run shot to give the Houston Astros a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.

The Astros came back from a 7-0 shutout on Saturday to win the series 2-1. The win broke a tie between Houston manager Dusty Baker and Chicago manager Tony La Russa, giving 73-year-old Baker a 106–105 lead in a 1996 regular season matchup against 77-year-old La Russa.

Houston led 3 when Louis Robert opened the eighth position with a broken bat. There was one out in the innings when Robert scored a triple run by AJ Pollock. He cut a 4-3 lead on a groundout by Jake Berger, but Hector Neris knocked out Reese McGuire to limit the loss.

Ryan Pressley stepped up as the leadoff batsman in ninth and made his 13th save before retiring for the next three.

Matijevi made it 2–0 when he sent a fastball from Michael Kopech (2–3) in the fourth inning with two outs to the left-field seats for an opposite field homer. The 26-year-old, who was playing in his sixth major league game, blew bubbles while scoring bases and got a big hug from a happy Jose Altuve as he approached the dugout.

A 16-year-old boy caught Matijevi’s home run ball, and ESPN said he exchanged it for a package that included six tickets, six batting practice passes, a ball signed by Altuve and a jersey signed by Justin Verlander.

Danny Mendick walked into the fifth with a dismissal and scored a two-out double by Robert to cut the lead to 2-1.

Jason Castro took a single at the end of the innings for no out. Dubon added from his third homer this season to make it 4-1.

Kopech gave a season-high seven hits from five innings with four runs and four strikeouts on his return, after making the last start in the first innings last Sunday with a trouble with his right knee. It was the second time this season that he had allowed two homers in a game.

Houston starter Christian Javier (4-3) allowed five hits and one run, tying a season-high with four walks in five innings to secure his first win since May 25.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead after an RBI single by Kyle Tucker. Kopech ended the innings by dismissing Matijevi. Houston’s hitting coach Alex Cintron was then yelling at home plate umpire Cory Blaser about the strike zone and he was dismissed mid-innings.

The White Sox had runners in second and third, while McGuire had an out in second after a double. But Xavier retired Josh Harrison and Adam Hesley to avoid the jam.

The Astros were without designated hitter Yordan Alvarez on Sunday after injuring his hand on his last at-bat. Baker stated that he does not believe Alvarez’s injury is serious, and is listed as day-to-day.

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White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was ruled out of the lineup for the second straight game after suffering a left hamstring in the third inning on Friday night. La Russa said Moncada would be reevaluated on Monday and hoped he could avoid going on the injured list. … La Russa said SS Tim Anderson (groin), who was injured on May 29, would be activated on Monday. … RHP Matt Foster was placed on the mourning list ahead of Sunday’s game and Hasley was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place on the roster.

Astros: SS Aldemis Diaz was ruled out of Saturday’s game on Sunday with a problem with his left shoulder.

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White Sox: Chicago’s Lance Lynn (0-0, 6.23 ERA) will take on Toronto’s Jose Berios in the first match of a three-match series on Monday night.

Astros: Houston is closed on Monday before opening a two-match Interleague series with the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

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