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Friday, June 14th (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (28-35) at Houston Astros (23-44), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) Houston - Erik Bedard (1-3, 5.34)

(Sports Network) - Chris Sale tries to snap a personal two-game losing streak on Friday when the Chicago White Sox open a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Sale had won four consecutive decisions, but has lost in his last two trips to the bump. After suffering a hard-luck loss to Oakland on June 2, Sale lost again to the Athletics on Saturday, as he gave up four runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings to fall to 5-4 on the year to go along with a 2.68 ERA.

"Just one pitch came back to bite me," Sale said. "It just kept going. It shows you how important one pitch can be in a ballgame."

He had allowed just a run in six innings in his previous start.

Sale tossed eight scoreless innings to beat the Astros the only other time he faced them.

Chicago, which will be starting a 10-game road trip tonight, has been playing well of late, but hasn't been on the field since falling to Toronto, 7-5, in 10 innings on Tuesday. Still, the White Sox have won three of their last four, but reside in the cellar of the American League Central, 7 1/2 games back of division-leading Detroit.

The White Sox are just 12-21 away from home this season.

Despite the loss on Tuesday, Chicago's bats have seemingly come to life. After crossing the plate 26 times in their previous 10 games, the White Sox have managed to score 26 over their last five, while swatting nine home runs.

That may not be good news for Houston lefty Erik Bedard, who takes the ball for the Astros trying to bounce back from a horrific showing his last time out. Bedard was torched by the Kansas City Royals for six runs and eight hits in only 4 2/3 innings to fall to 1-3 on the year, while raising his ERA to 5.34.

Bedard has faced the White Sox nine times and is 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA.

Houston comes into this series on a rare winning note following a wild win in Seattle on Wednesday that saw the club score six times in the ninth inning in a 6-1 win over the Mariners that snapped a six-game losing streak.

"We scored six in the ninth and we just haven't had the offense lately," said Chris Carter, who put the Astros ahead with a two-run double in the big frame. "That just shows we can do it and in a big situation like that, it's good for the team."

It was their first win in 38 chances when trailing after eight innings.

"It's never too late when you're able to put together a six-run inning, especially after the woes we've had the last two games," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Houston took two of three from the White Sox last season, but this is Chicago's first visit to Minute Maid Park since 2000.

06/14 10:30:37 ET

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    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
3rd
GSW 82
BOS 73
 
3rd
DEN 84
WAS 81
 
1st
LAL 4
HOU 7
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
Final
MD 68
NW 67
 
2nd
UTAH 51
WASH 38
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
Half
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19