Houston leads the series 2-1

Astros drop wild ALDS Game 3 as White Sox stave off elimination

Astros and White Sox playing in 2021 ALDS Game 3
Houston gave up a four-run lead as Chicago's offense battered Astros' pitching in ALDS Game 3. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Houston gave up a four-run lead as Chicago's offense battered Astros' pitching in ALDS Game 3.

With two sure-handed wins at home under their belt in this series already, the Astros picked up in Chicago to try and complete an ALDS sweep in hostile territory. After at one point grabbing a four-run lead, Houston's momentum quickly deteriorated in Game 3, as the White Sox would roar back to win and force a Game 4.

Final Score: White Sox 12, Astros 6

ALDS Series (Best of Five): Houston leads 2-1

Winning Pitcher: Michael Kopech

Losing Pitcher: Yimi Garcia

White Sox score first, but Houston roars back

In the rowdy confines of Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, the Astros as visitors had their chance to quiet the crowd if they could put together some offense in the top of the first inning. That didn't happen, as Dylan Cease would keep the home fans energized with a 1-2-3 frame. Luis Garcia then took the mound in the bottom half and would allow a leadoff single to come around to score with two outs on an RBI single to make it a 1-0 White Sox lead.

After the impressive first, Cease had a disastrous top of the second. He issued back-to-back walks to start the frame, bringing Kyle Tucker to the plate, who put the Astros in front with a two-RBI double. Tucker moved to third on a flyout by Yuli Gurriel, then scored on an RBI single by Jake Meyers, extending the new lead to two runs. Cease would face two more batters, getting a generous strikeout call for out two then issuing another walk as Chicago would make the change to Michael Kopech, who would get the third out.

Tucker notches two more RBI before Chicago's offense breaks out

Tucker would get the best of Kopech in the top of the third, as he would get his second two-RBI hit in as many innings and at-bats, taking advantage of a runner on base by launching a two-run opposite-field home run to push the lead to 5-1. Chicago would breathe some life back into the stadium against Garcia in the bottom of the inning, as a leadoff walk would set them up for their own two-run homer, as Yasmani Grandal would trim the lead back to two runs at 5-3.

Luis Garcia's struggles continued in the third, as after the home run, he would get a groundout before giving up back-to-back hard-hit singles, putting the tying run on first base. After falling behind 2-0 on the next batter, Dusty Baker would make the hasty call to bring in Yimi Garcia in the middle of the at-bat. That proved costly, as Garcia would give up a go-ahead three-run homer to Leury Garcia, putting the White Sox back on top by a run at 6-5.

Houston tied things up in the top of the fourth, putting together a two-out rally starting with a walk by Jose Altuve, who would later score on an RBI single by Alex Bregman. Things spiraled out of control in the bottom of the inning for the Astros, though, as Yimi Garcia would allow three-straight singles, the third an RBI by Jose Abreu to give Chicago the lead back.

Dusty Baker then moved to Zack Greinke in the middle of the inning, and chaos ensued as he would induce a groundball to Yuli Gurriel by Grandal, who would run wide down the first-base line and get hit by Gurriel's throw home. That allowed the run to score, which would stand after an umpire conference. Greinke would allow an RBI single in the next at-bat, making it 9-6, before he would get the three outs to put an end to the lengthy inning.

Astros drop Game 3 as White Sox live to see another day

Things settled down after that inning on both sides, as Houston's offense would go quiet with ten in a row getting retired by Chicago's bullpen to get through the seventh. After Greinke finished the fourth for Houston, Cristian Javier took over to try and get a long relief outing. He worked around a walk and hit batter in the fifth, then got the first 1-2-3 inning for Houston pitching in the sixth.

Javier would issue a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, then retired two more batters before Dusty Baker would move on to Ryne Stanek, who would get the final out of the frame. The White Sox continued to mow down Houston's bats with another scoreless inning in the eighth, then Stanek returned to get two strikeouts to start the bottom of the eighth before Baker would bring in Brooks Raley.

Raley would allow Chicago to reach double digits, giving up five two-out hits in a row, three driving in runs to make it a six-run game at 12-6 before he could get the third out. The Astros would not get anything going in the top of the ninth, as Liam Hendricks would make easy work of the three batters he faced to wrap up the win for Chicago.

Up Next: Game 4 of this best-of-five will be an afternoon start on Monday's four-game slate, beginning at 2:37 PM Central. The Astros have not yet named who they expect to start for the game, while Chicago is expected to send Carlos Rodon, who was 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA in the regular season, to the mound.
UPDATE: Game 4 was postponed due to weather on Monday, and will instead take place on Tuesday at 1:07 PM Central

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