- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - After getting about three hours sleep, Carlos Correa flew into Chicago Monday to make his big league debut. Rain delayed the start of the game 25 minutes and then 38 minutes in the bottom of the third.

He also had to face Chris Sale.

“It was a crazy day,” Correa said.

Sale struck out 14 in eight innings and the White Sox handed Houston its fifth straight loss, 3-1. Correa drove in the Astros’ run in his big league debut.

Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft, was promoted from Triple-A and became the youngest player in the majors at 20. Correa was hitting a combined .335 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 21 doubles with 18 stolen bases between Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi.

Batting sixth and playing shortstop for the AL West leaders, Correa went 1 for 4 and also made a slick play on Adam Eaton’s eighth-inning grounder by ranging to his left behind second base and getting the Chicago center fielder.

“Long day for Carlos. He handled himself as expected,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s a big leaguer for the first day and he looked the part in every facet.”

In the fourth, Correa came up with runners at second and third and two outs. After a replay review, he was called safe for beating out a grounder to short for his first run batted in.

Correa popped out in his first at-bat. After his single, he grounded out and struck out.

“I’m just glad I got my first hit out of the way,” Correa said. “Just got to go back tomorrow and try to get a win.”

Beyond that, Houston didn’t get much against Sale, who became the first White Sox pitcher to fan at least 10 in four straight games, the team said in citing Elias Sports Bureau.

It was Sale’s third straight game with 12 or more strikeouts. He gave up one run and five hits.

“I don’t pay attention to any of that. I just try to come in and do my job,” Sale said of his recent numbers.

David Robertson struck out two for his 11th save. Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer in the fourth, which was more than Sale (6-2) needed to beat Correa and the Astros.

“He was fantastic,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s really been on a roll.”

Lance McCullers (2-1) took the loss. Coming off his 11-strikeout, complete game Wednesday against Baltimore, McCullers went seven innings and allowed three runs and four hits while striking out seven.

He also was taken in the 2012 draft and became close friends with Correa while they were together in the Astros’ system.

“When we found out when we landed yesterday, I was pretty excited that I was the guy that got to start during his big-league debut,” McCullers said. “He’s just been a close friend of mine and someone that we’re hopefully going to grow with this organization and it felt awesome to be out there with him.”


Hinch confirmed that RHP Vincent Velasquez will be called up from Double-A Corpus Christi to start Wednesday. Velasquez will be taking the place of RHP Roberto Hernandez, who is heading to the bullpen. Velasquez is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA at Corpus Christi.


Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second on Melky Cabrera’s single, driving in Adam LaRoche. For Cabrera, it was his first run batted in since May 28 in Baltimore.


Astros: Manager A.J. Hinch said the team hasn’t assessed how Correa’s arrival could impact SS Jed Lowrie. Lowrie (right thumb) underwent surgery May 1 and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list May 18.

White Sox: LHP Dan Jennings (neck) and RHPs Nate Jones (right elbow) and Matt Albers (right pinkie) remained on the disabled list.


Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) faces White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45). Rodon was mentioned as a possible target for the Astros with the first overall pick last year that was used on LHP Brady Aiken. Rodon was taken by Chicago with the third pick.

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