for this game

White Sox power past Astros for series sweep

Jun 11, 2015 - 5:12 AM Chicago, IL ( - Jose Quintana pitched seven quality innings and got backed by three home runs as the Chicago White Sox completed a three- game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

Quintana (3-6) allowed just a run on six hits for the White Sox, who handed Houston its season-high seventh straight defeat. His only blemish came in the second inning, when Jake Marisnick plated Chris Carter with a sacrifice fly to left.

"He just grinds, he continues to go out and pitch well," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Adam LaRoche and Geovany Soto hit solo home runs and Jose Abreu launched a two-run shot to account for Chicago's offense.

The loss overshadowed a strong major league debut by 23-year-old Vincent Velasquez, who became the third pitcher in franchise history to allow no earned runs in his first start.

Velasquez yielded three hits and walked four batters but struck out five and left after five scoreless innings.

"I thought he did a really good job battling through," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. "He's gotta be proud of that first start. He left the game in a good position."

Chicago did all of its damage after Velasquez departed. Will Harris was given the sixth inning and got Abreu on a groundout before LaRoche tied the game at 1-1 with his eighth homer of the season.

Soto made it 2-1 when he greeted Tony Sipp (2-3) with a homer to open the home seventh, and Abreu went deep off Pat Neshek in the eighth.

David Robertson pitched around a two-out single by George Springer, who had five of Houston's seven hits, to secure his 13th save.

Game Notes

Velasquez became the fifth pitcher in the majors this season with five-plus scoreless innings in his debut ... Quintana had lost six of his last seven decisions ... Houston went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.