Friday, July 1, 2016

Fiers, white-hot Astros host White Sox

The Astros, winners of 10 of their last 11 games and 25 of their last 36, return home Friday night to face the White Sox and open a 10-game homestand that will take them to the All-Star break. The Astros will send right-hander Mike Fiers to the mound against White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in Friday's series opener.
Fiers (5-3, 4.41 ERA) had won two consecutive decisions, allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings, before allowing three runs and nine hits in only 4 1/3 innings Saturday in Kansas City. The Astros have won four of his last five starts.
Gonzalez (1-3, 5.17 ERA) has appeared in 11 games for the White Sox, making 10 starts. Since beating the Nationals on June 9, he's 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in three starts, allowing 22 hits and nine walks in 15 1/3 innings.
Things to know about this game
• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has reached base in 32 consecutive games, which is the longest such streak by an Astros player since Lance Berkman reached in 37 games in a row in 2004. Altuve's also riding an 11-game hitting streak.
• Entering Wednesday, the White Sox had made 1,198 quality starts since 2003, second-most in the Majors behind the Mets (1,211) in that span.
• The Astros are 18-8 this month, their best June record since they were 18-10 in 1989. This year, they went 7-17 in April and 17-12 in May.

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