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.