Astros complete 3-game sweep over reeling White Sox

 
 
Updated 4/22/2018 6:04 PM
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  • Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi tags out Yoan Moncada during the third inning Sunday in Chicago. "You know, right now we know we're not in a very good place," Moncada said through an interpreter after the game, which the White Sox lost 7-1. "But there are still plenty of games to play. That keeps us in a positive mood."

    Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi tags out Yoan Moncada during the third inning Sunday in Chicago. "You know, right now we know we're not in a very good place," Moncada said through an interpreter after the game, which the White Sox lost 7-1. "But there are still plenty of games to play. That keeps us in a positive mood." AP Photo

Even with relief pitcher Danny Farquhar still listed in stable but critical condition from Friday night's brain aneurysm less than 6 miles down the road at Rush University Medical Center, the games go on for the Chicago White Sox.

"I think you have to move on," manager Rick Renteria said. "I don't think you can lament it. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us."

The combination of playing with heavy hearts and a roster loaded with inexperienced players was difficult for the Sox in their weekend series against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

After losing the first two games of the series by a combined score of 20-1, the White Sox stayed close early Sunday before falling 7-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox (4-14) have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start since 1948 (3-15).

"You know, right now we know we're not in a very good place," second baseman Yoan Moncada said through an interpreter. "But there are still plenty of games to play. That keeps us in a positive mood."

One of Sunday's few positives was another solid start from Reynaldo Lopez.

Coming into the game, the 24-year-old righty was 0-2 with a 1.42 ERA. The White Sox's other four starters -- Lucas Giolito, James Shields, Carson Fulmer and Miguel Gonzalez -- are a combined 1-8 with a 6.82 ERA.

Lopez took the mound with a stomach bug, but made it through 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks.

"The stomachache, that limited me to do my best," Lopez said through an interpreter. "I wasn't able to throw as hard as I usually throw. The effort level probably wasn't there because I wasn't feeling 100 percent physically. It was tough, but I think I did the best that I could."

In his first full season in the majors, Lopez ranks eighth in the American League with a 1.50 ERA.

"He's been throwing good," shortstop Tim Anderson said. "We've been leaving him hanging a little bit, but he's been throwing the ball really well."

In his 4 starts, the Sox's offense has scored 2 runs for Lopez in 19 innings.

There are negatives everywhere you look, but Renteria isn't worried about the low morale in the clubhouse.

"Not at all," he said. "Look, the only guy that can bring these guys down is going to be me, and that's not going to happen. I'll pick these guys up every single day, not that they need it. We're going to keep going."

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