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May 18, 2014

Castro, Fowler provide home runs as Astros outlast White Sox

HOUSTON — Houston’s Jarred Cosart had a tough start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.

He still managed to hang in the game for five innings and help the Astros to a 6-5 win.

Jason Castro hit a three-run homer and Dexter Fowler homered and drove in two runs in the victory.

Castro’s home run came in Houston’s four-run first inning. The White Sox scored two in the second and one in the third to cut the lead to one before Fowler’s solo shot in the fifth inning. His RBI single in the seventh inning pushed the lead to 6-3.

Cosart (3-3) allowed seven hits, three runs and tied a season-high by walking four.

Houston manager Bo Porter was impressed with how Cosart handled adversity on Saturday.

“I think that’s good for his maturation,” Porter said.

Cosart said he had trouble gripping the ball after the first inning and was relieved he was able to pitch as long as he did.

“It’s our job just to try to keep the team in the game for as many innings as we can,” he said. “Tonight I didn’t have the sixth, seventh or eighth like I want. But just to get through that fifth was huge and for Bo to have confidence to leave me out there for that last batter was big.”

Kyle Farnsworth had a tough debut with the Astros after being signed Saturday. Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham each had an RBI off of the veteran reliever in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 6-5.

He was replaced by Darin Downs with two outs. Downs retired Conor Gillaspie to end the inning and Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Chicago’s Hector Noesi (0-4) gave up eight hits and six runs — five earned — in six innings to remain winless in four starts and 10 appearances this season.

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