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May 19, 2014

Dominguez, Astros power past White Sox with 8-2 win

HOUSTON — Matt Dominguez provided a big boost to the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Dominguez homered twice and had four RBIs, helping the Astros to defeat the Chicago White Sox 8-2.

Dominguez hit his sixth and seventh homers of the season off White Sox lefty John Danks (3-4) in the third and fifth innings.

The first was hit to deep left-center on a full count that followed a double by Dexter Fowler. The second was hit to the left-field Crawford Boxes, also with Fowler on base, putting the Astros up 8-1.

“He’s a guy that can turn around anybody’s fastball,” Astros manager Bo Porter said of Dominguez. “He’s got power to all fields.”

Backed by early run support, Astros right-hander Brad Peacock (1-4) earned his first win of the season, allowing two runs and five hits and four walks, while striking out five in 6 2-3 innings.

The Astros scored two runs or fewer in six of Peacock’s previous nine outings entering Sunday.

Since Peacock became a starter on April 20, the offense provided 13 runs of support in his previous five starts.

“Our hitters came out swinging,” Peacock said. “It’s a big confidence builder for them and a big confidence builder for us.”

The Astros have won four of their past five games, while the White Sox have lost six of eight. After taking two of three from the Rangers and White Sox, Houston has won back-to-back series for the first time since last August.

The Astros improved to 12-3 when hitting two or more home runs. They are 1-17 when they fail to hit a homer.

After a Chris Carter homer in the second inning gave the Astros an early lead, Jonathan Villar sparked a rally with a two-RBI single that scored Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes. Guzman advanced to second on a throwing error by left fielder Alejandro De Aza then stole third and scored when catcher Adrian Nieto’s attempt to throw him out skipped into the outfield.

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