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Houser outduels Keuchel as Brewers edge White Sox

Field Level Media
06 Aug 2020, 12:55 GMT+10

Adrian Houser pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Dallas Keuchel, and Eric Sogard delivered an RBI single as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Wednesday night to snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save and lift the Brewers, who were outhit 6-5 and had no extra-base hits.

Danny Mendick went 3-for-3 with a double for the White Sox. Each team stranded five runners.

Houser (1-0) limited the White Sox to five hits, four of them singles, while walking two and striking out five. It was the right-hander's first victory since last Aug. 21, and he lowered this season's ERA to 0.75.

Milwaukee struck for the game's lone run in the third inning behind a trio of successive singles. Sogard's base hit to center scored Mark Mathias, who opened the inning with a hit to the same spot and went to second a hit by Orlando Arcia.

Keuchel escaped further trouble and was otherwise sterling while becoming the first Chicago starter to pitch past the sixth inning this season. Keuchel (2-1) walked one and struck out eight.

Chicago squandered a prime scoring chance against Houser in the sixth. Mendick hit a one-out double and went to third on Yoan Moncada's two-out infield single. But Houser fanned Jose Abreu to end the threat.

Luis Robert and Moncada both flied out to the warning track against David Phelps with a runner aboard in the eighth.

Houser was making his first career regular season start against the White Sox. He pitched against them in a July 22 exhibition at Guaranteed Rate Field, allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell heled left fielder Christian Yelich and first baseman Justin Smoak out of the starting lineup, with both players struggling. Through eight games, Yelich is just 3-for-34 (.088), while Smoak, who pinch-hit in the eighth and lined out to second, is batting .156.

--Field Level Media

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