2021 American League Division Series: White Sox stave off elimination with Game 3 victory over Astros
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The Chicago White Sox have cut the Houston Astros lead in the American League Division Series to 2-1 with a 12-6 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Dylan Cease was knocked out after 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs. Tyler Kopech also allowed three runs, but picked up the win. 

Astros starter Luis Garcia allowed five runs over 2 2/3 innings while Yimi Garcia took the loss, surrendering four runs. 

White Sox offensive explosion leads to blowout victory 

Tim Anderson led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and after two lineouts, Yasmani Grandal walked and Eloy Jimenez singled home Anderson to stake Chicago to a 1-0 lead.

Cease fell apart in the second, walking Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa. Kyle Tucker drove them both in with a double to right-center and Jake Meyers made it 3-1 with a single.

Tucker increased the lead with his second home run of the series and it was now 5-1, Tyler Kopech having relieved Cease. Garcia settled down in the second, but it all came apart for him in the third.

Luis Robert walked and Grandal blasted a two-run, opposite-field homer. Yoan Moncada and Gavin Sheets stroked two-out singles and Leurys Garcia crushed a three-run shot that suddenly put the White Sox ahead 6-5.

Houston immediately tied the game after a two-out rally. Jose Altuve walked followed by consecutive singles by Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman, the latter driving in Altuve.

Yimi Garcia relieved Luis Garcia and he promptly gave up singles to Anderson, Robert and Jose Abreu, putting the White Sox ahead for good. Zack Greinke made his first-ever relief appearance in the playoffs and he allowed two more runs to make it a 9-6 score.

After the Houston bullpen held Chicago down, Brooks Raley, the last man left for Dusty Baker, gave up three runs on four hits. The Astros offense didn't get a hit after the fourth inning as the White Sox remained alive in the series.

Game 4 re-scheduled

Game 4 was scheduled for Monday afternoon at 3:37pm, but inclement weather forced the game to be pushed back to Tuesday at 2:07pm.

Baker has chosen to start Game 1 winner Lance McCullers Jr. while Carlos Rodon will take the hill for Chicago. Coverage is on Fox Sports 1 with Adam Amin, A.J. Pierzynski and Tom Verducci.