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Viciedo’s triple sends Sox to win

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:01 a.m. CDT

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HOUSTON – Dayan Viciedo’s bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning sent the White Sox to a 4-2 win past the Houston Astros on Monday night.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Sox and allowed them to avoid being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008.

The Sox trailed 2-0 before Alejandro De Aza singled in the sixth and went to third on Adam Dunn’s two-out single. Paul Konerko pulled the Sox to 2-1 with an RBI single that went between the legs of starter Bud Norris and into center field.

Conor Gillaspie barely beat the throw to first on a single that loaded the bases. That brought up Viciedo, whose triple landed on Tal’s Hill in center field just out of the reach of a diving Brandon Barnes. That sent all three runners home to put the Sox up 4-2.

It was the second straight game with a triple for Viciedo.

Nate Jones (3-4) allowed three hits in 11/3 scoreless innings for the win. He struck out three.

Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Sox starter Jose Quintana yielded five hits and two runs in 42/3 innings, but didn’t factor in the decision for his fourth straight start. He has a no-decision in nine of his 14 starts this season.

Jason Castro doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Astros, who had won four straight.Barnes had three hits.

Norris (5-7) allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in his third consecutive loss.

It was a rare road win for the struggling Sox, who have dropped 12 of their past 14 away from Chicago and 14 of 19 overall.

The Astros had runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh after back-to-back singles by Barnes and Jose Altuve. But Matt Thornton struck out Castro before Jesse Crain fanned J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter to end the inning.

Carter struck out twice to give him 101 this season, which leads the majors. The Astros struck out 12 times in all to extend their total to a major league-high 673.

Crain struck out three in 12/3 innings for his career-high 27th consecutive scoreless appearance.

Altuve singled with one out in the first and scored on a double by Castro to make it 1-0.

Quintana pitched a 1-2-3 second inning before getting into trouble in the third. Barnes singled to start the inning before stealing second base and advancing to third on an error by catcher Hector Gimenez with one out.

Castro’s second double, which bounced off the wall in right field, sent Barnes home to extend the lead to 2-0. Castro has five RBIs, two doubles and two homers in the last three games.

Norris looked good early. He allowed a double to Alex Rios with two outs in the first before retiring the next eight batters. Rios singled with one out in the fourth and stole second, but Norris set down the next two batters to end the threat.

Notes: The Sox’s Dylan Axelrod opposes Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey when the White Sox open a three-game series against the Twins on Tuesday. ... Jordan Lyles is scheduled to pitch for the Astros on Tuesday when they open a series with Milwaukee. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro is set to pitch for the Brewers. ... The Astros signed second-round draft pick RHP Andrew Thurman and four other picks on Monday. Thurman was at Minute Maid Park and worked out with the team before the game. Houston also signed 28th-round pick LHP Jordan Mills, 30th-round pick RHP Jorge Perez, 33rd-rounder 1B Tyler White and J.D. Osborne, who was selected in the 36th round.

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