Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, left, and relief pitcher Tony Sipp celebrate the Astros' 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings in a baseball game Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Charles Rex Arbogast
May 18, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch plans to shuffle his minor league call-ups in and out of the lineup to get his struggling Astros rolling on offense.

The strategy paid immediate dividends.

Evan Gattis celebrated his return to the majors with a two-run homer in the 11th inning that lifted Houston over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Astros rookie Tyler White hit a pair of solo shots for his first multihomer game and capped a three-hit night with a double. Jason Castro and Jose Altuve each drove in a run for Houston.

''Gattis had the huge swing there,'' White said. ''It was incredible.''

Gattis, recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi earlier in the day and inserted as the designated hitter, lined an 0-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers (1-3) into the left-field bullpen for his second homer this season.

''He was throwing a good sinker,'' Gattis said. ''I missed one, then I fouled one off my calf or somewhere.

''I'm glad I got one I can handle. Glad I got the barrel on it. Glad I can help us win today.''

So was Hinch.

''That was a nice call-up for the day and we welcome him back,'' Hinch said. ''We certainly missed that type of at-bat, so I was really happy.''

Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Tony Sipp allowed Adam Eaton's RBI double in the 11th before earning his first save.

Tyler Saladino's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth tied it at 4 as Houston closer Luke Gregerson blew his second straight save chance and third in 11 opportunities this season.

Jose Abreu hit a solo homer, and Saladino and Eaton each drove in a run against 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, who hasn't won since April 15. Chicago has lost three straight and five of six.

But the White Sox showed resilience in this once. Chicago came back twice to force it to extra innings, then nearly tied it again in the 11th.

''Guys keep coming back,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''I think that's what you take out of it.

''We still had a chance there to tie it up or win it with the last hitter. You're pleased with the effort, that's never been a question.''

Keuchel allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander has lost four straight decisions over six starts since his last victory.

Keuchel showed flashes of his Cy Young form, retiring the first 11 White Sox hitters on 45 pitches before Abreu lined his homer to center field in the fourth to cut Houston's lead to 2-1.

White Sox starter Carlos Rodon was solid through six innings, giving up three runs - two earned - and six hits while striking out seven. He has just one win this season, on April 13 at Minnesota, and is 0-3 in six starts since.

White's second homer tied it at 3 in the sixth.

''I know I got both of them good,'' White said.

Altuve drove in pinch-runner Tony Kemp, making his major league debut, with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to put Houston ahead 4-3.


Two of the Astros' top prospects, 3B Colin Moran and Kemp, are expected to make their first major league starts Wednesday. Moran's contract was selected from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday and the 5-foot-6 Kemp was recalled on Monday.


Although the White Sox are in first place in the AL Central, GM Rick Hahn said before the game he plans on being ''aggressive'' to improve a roster that has been surprisingly good. ''We're prepared to make a big move today if it presents itself,'' Hahn said. ''Unfortunately, our timing might not align up with the other 29 clubs just yet.''


Astros: OF Carlos Gomez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Gomez had a rib injury and was shaken up diving back hard into second on an attempted pickoff Sunday in a 10-9 loss at Boston. ... Gattis started as the DH and batted fourth. ... RHP Asher Wojciechowski was designated for assignment.

White Sox: 3B Todd Frazier, who leads Chicago with 12 homers, didn't start and wasn't in the clubhouse before the game because of the flu. He was in the on-deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... RHP Nate Jones left in the seventh with a bruised left foot after being hit by Carlos Correa's comebacker. He is day to day.


Astros: RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 4.26 ERA) will make his 10th career start against the White Sox on Wednesday night. He'll try for his sixth straight quality start.

White Sox: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 3.40) makes his eighth start of the season.

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