While Chicago and Houston find themselves at the bottom of their respective divisions, the White Sox's Andre Rienzo and the Astros' Brett Oberholtzer have been rare bright spots since coming up late last month.
Rienzo looks to build on his first career win and Oberholtzer goes for a fourth victory in five tries as the surging White Sox face the visiting Astros on Monday night.
The 25-year-old Rienzo (1-0, 3.56 ERA) has given Chicago (54-75) a lift since getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 30, holding opponents to a .228 average over five starts.
"He has pitched great," first baseman Adam Dunn told MLB's official website. "Everything is quick and he's fun to play behind."
After going without a decision in his first four outings, the right-hander allowed two runs in six innings to beat Kansas City 5-2 on Wednesday.
"Just a good, gutsy job by him," manager Robin Ventura said of the Brazil native. "Any time you see a guy get his first win, it's special."
Rienzo may need to cut down on his walks for his success to continue. He has issued 14 in 30 1-3 innings, walking at least three in four of his outings.
Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91), meanwhile, has displayed very good control with five walks through 34 innings. The 24-year-old left-hander has gone 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts since getting called up for the third time July 27.
Oberholtzer gave up three runs in six innings in a 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday.
"You try to put each other in the best situation possible," he said. "We're very confident out there. We still feel like we can go out there and be successful. It doesn't matter who we're facing."
Oberholtzer will need to be cautious against Dayan Viciedo , who is batting .353 with two homers and 12 RBIs during Chicago's 8-1 run.
Danks entered the game to replace Avisail Garcia , who crashed into the fence chasing a homer. The promising 22-year-old outfielder stayed down for a few moments before slowly walking off the field, leaving his status for Monday uncertain.
"It was more probably dehydration," manager Robin Ventura said of Garcia, batting .356 in his last 12 games.
While Ventura's club remains in the AL Central basement despite its hot stretch, the Astros (43-86) are at the bottom of the AL West with the majors' worst record.
Houston was on the verge of sweeping Toronto before Chia-Jen Lo gave up two runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 2-1 loss.
Jason Castro , though, is 9 for 17 with three homers over his last six games. He went 5 for 12 with two homers and five RBIs in three games against the White Sox this year, and Houston won three of four in that series June 14-17.
|August 23, 2013||Max Stassi||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 21, 2013||Max Stassi||Day-to-Day||Left game - head|
|August 20, 2013||Carlos Corporan||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 07, 2013||Jonathan Villar||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained hand|
|July 31, 2013||Brandon Barnes||Day-to-Day||Lower back tightness|
|July 27, 2013||Jose Altuve||Day-to-Day||Left quad tightness|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 20, 2013||Jeff Keppinger||Day-to-Day||Stiff lower back|
|August 16, 2013||Ramon Troncoso||15-Day DL||Pericarditis|
|August 15, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained right quad|
|August 05, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||Day-to-Day||Jammed left thumb|
|July 30, 2013||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Left foot contusion|
|July 21, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained ligament, left wrist|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jordan Lyles warmed up in the Houston Astros ' bullpen, watching the Chicago White Sox load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning and realizing the situation he was about to be thrust into.
With the Astros clinging to a two-run lead, Lyles was called on to get the final out in his first career save opportunity. He worked back from a 3-0 count against Chicago's Avisail Garcia and struck him out looking to give the Astros the 10-8 win Monday night for their third win in four games.
Lyles was available in the bullpen with Houston using a six-man rotation and it being his day to throw a side. The right-hander, who was the Astros' third pitcher of the ninth, said he couldn't recall saving a ballgame at any level of his baseball career.
"It's just one of those last-minute things," Lyles said. "I fell behind 3-0 and started to throw the ball over the plate. Luckily (Garcia) took the last pitch and (home plate umpire Adrian Johnson) called it a strike."
Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of the game to put the Astros in position for the win.
Houston squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 - after Chicago scored five in the sixth inning - before tying the score on Carter's RBI single in the seventh.
White Sox reliever Addison Reed (5-2) struck out Jose Altuve and Jason Castro to open the ninth before Dominguez put Houston back ahead with his 19th homer, a shot to left field on a 1-0 pitch.
"I felt awesome out there," Reed said. "I felt great. I felt I had everything working and made a couple bad pitches. I hung a slider to Dominguez and he made me pay for it."
Carter then added his 25th of the season.
"You look at the five-run inning and for these guys to respond the way they responded it speaks to the resilience of the ballclub," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "I couldn't be more proud of them."
David Martinez (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings to get his first major league win, recovering after surrendering three runs in the sixth.
Carter finished 3 for 4 with the two homers and four RBIs in his third career multihomer game. His two-run homer in the fifth gave the Astros a 6-1 lead before the White Sox rallied for the lead. It was sweet redemption for Carter against his former organization.
"It's great to beat the team that drafted you and traded you away when you come back here and (hit two homers) here," Carter said.
Jeff Keppinger homered to start the bottom of the fifth and right fielder L.J. Hoes dropped Gordon Beckham 's fly ball near the wall, which would have been the third out of the inning, allowing a run to score pulling Chicago within three. Alejandro De Aza finished with four hits to tie his career high set July 20 against Atlanta.
Brandon Barnes opened the top of the sixth with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Andre Rienzo 's wild pitch to push the lead to 7-3.
The White Sox then took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Dunn had a two-run homer, his 30th of the season, to become the second left-handed hitter in White Sox history to have consecutive 30- homer seasons. Jim Thome did it previously from 2006-08.
Martinez came on with one out and gave up a single to Keppinger, a double to Dayan Viciedo and an RBI single to Josh Phegley . Martinez then balked to allow Viciedo to score the tying run and De Aza's RBI single to left against a drawn-in infield put Chicago ahead.
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer allowed only one run through four but failed to get out of the sixth and exited after giving up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Beckham had a run-scoring grounder in the third to get the White Sox on the board.
There was plenty of sloppy play between the teams with the two worst records in the American League. The White Sox and Astros combined for three errors leading to three unearned runs, three wild pitches, a balk and countless mental mistakes.
The Astros took the lead with three runs in the second inning off Rienzo. Castro led off with a solo home run, and Garcia's fielding error on Barnes' single allowed two runs to score. Rienzo allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in six innings with two wild pitches.
"He wasn't as sharp as he's been earlier by any means," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's one of those that you just chalk it up to a bad night."
NOTES: White Sox OF Garcia returned to the lineup Monday after leaving Sunday's game during the fourth inning against Texas. Garcia collided with the right-field fence on Jeff Baker 's two-run homer and was removed from the game after getting checked out by a White Sox trainer and manager Robin Ventura . Garcia said he felt better Monday. Ventura explained that Garcia came out of Sunday's game because of a dehydration issue and it was not concussion related. ... One day after getting ejected by crew chief Jerry Layne while exchanging the pregame lineup card, White Sox bench coach Mark Parent admitted he "pretty much knew" he would be ejected for his comments. Parent, whose ejection was his second of the season and third of his career, did not reveal what he said to Lane but acknowledged it stemmed from Saturday's game against Texas. ... RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Tuesday's game. The Astros will announce a corresponding move. . Astros manager Bo Porter said he would "have to wait for the evaluation" by team doctors before knowing more about the status of C Max Stassi , on the seven-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 23. ... Astros OF Robbie Grossman 's two-out double in the fourth inning Monday extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.