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White Sox Fall Again to Defending World Champions

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Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman each homered and Charlie Morton won his 11th as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Wihite Sox 12-6 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Morton (11-2) allowed five runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander has won four of his last five starts.

James Shields (3-10) allowed a season high-tying eight runs on a season-high 10 hits with nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox, who have lost four straight. Shields had allowed one run over his prior two starts.

Gurriel, who also had an RBI single in the eighth, hit a three-run homer to left field to increase Houston's lead to 4-0 in the third inning.

Josh Reddick had a run-scoring fielder's choice and Evan Gattis added an RBI single to push the Astros' advantage to 6-1 in the fifth. However, Matt Davidson had an RBI single with the bases loaded and Omar Narvaez followed with a three-run double to pull Chicago within one in the sixth, chasing Morton.

Bregman's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning extended Houston's lead back to three. Bregman finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Max Stassi hit an RBI double in the second and an RBI single in the eighth for the Astros. Marwin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the seventh as every Houston starter had a hit.

Avisail Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run on to the train tracks in left in the eighth for Chicago.

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