- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - After the second inning, the Houston Astros’ offense took another break.

Tyler Flowers drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double, and four Chicago pitchers retired the final 22 batters to lift the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night.

All-Star Jose Altuve got the last hit for the Astros in the second inning in their first game following the four-day, All-Star break.

“We struck out 14 times. Offensively it is tough when you don’t make the other team defend the baseball,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “We had some hittable pitches early in the zone, and I think if we really put better swings on those pitches we wouldn’t have been in a position where we were hitting with two strikes.”

Alejandro De Aza singled off Scott Feldman and stole second before Flowers delivered the game-winning hit. He entered the game with only 12 hits in his last 116 at-bats, and a .218 batting average overall.

“It was good timing. I’ve been feeling good for the last 10 games,” Flowers said. “Really haven’t had a whole lot of success statistically but definitely feeling a lot better, seeing the ball better.

“It was nice to kind of see a lot of work we’ve been doing pay dividends, especially in a situation like that.”

Daniel Webb (5-2) retired the six batters he faced in relief of Jose Quintana to earn the victory. Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless inning for his second save of the season.

“Webb coming in there blowing some heat. With that kind of arm it forces the hitters to be ready and get a little more aggressive,” Flowers said. “I think he set the stage for us as far as getting their hitters to put the ball in play a little bit earlier.

“We were able to get them to chase a couple more borderline pitches, velocity does that for you. Belisario came in with the good sinker, spotting up well. and Putnam did a pretty good job too.”

After Quintana allowed a pair of unearned runs, he set down his final 10 batters. The left-hander allowed three hits and two walks in five innings.

Feldman (4-7) took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning, when Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer into the left-center field bleachers to tie it. Just three batters earlier, Feldman was struck on the backside by a smash off the bat of Alexei Ramirez.

“I just hung a curveball there and Viciedo didn’t miss and put a good swing on it,” Feldman said. “I think more times than not, if you go deep in the game like that our guys will come out on top.”

Feldman allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings.

“I think if you want to sit down and break down your outing it’s never perfect,” he said. “I had my share of ones like tonight where I sort of got beat on one particularly bad pitch, where I hung a curveball.”

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