CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Clemens let his manager do most of the talking after a fine performance in his first major league start.
Clemens pitched six sharp innings for the Houston Astros, but the Chicago White Sox scored three times in the eighth to rally for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
"It's an honor, it's a privilege," Clemens said of getting the opportunity to start. "Just got to continue to work."
The right-hander, who was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowed one run and four hits.
Despite his short answers, Clemens said he wasn't frustrated. He said he felt good, and his biggest priority while on the mound was to execute pitches.
Clemens made his first 30 appearances of his rookie year out of the bullpen, compiling a 4-4 record and 6.36 ERA. Manager Bo Porter said Clemens will remain in the rotation for the rest of the season.
"Clemens did a tremendous job," Porter said. "He did a good job of battling. His command was not there the whole night, he ran into a little bit of trouble, but he was able to make some good pitches to get out of some tough situations."
While Clemens adjusted to his new role quite well, Erik Bedard had some trouble coming out of the bullpen.
Bedard (3-10), who primarily has been used as a starter in his career, relieved Clemens in the seventh and was charged with three runs and five hits in 1 2-3 innings
With two outs in the eighth and runners on first and second, Paul Konerko singled in Jeff Keppinger to cut Houston's lead to 3-2. Avisail Garcia's infield hit then loaded the bases for Jordan Danks, who put the White Sox in front with a two-run single to center.
"I was actually trying to get him to go ahead and finish (the game)," Porter said of Bedard. "He's built up, he's been starting all year. And you look at where we were with their lineup, with the number of lefties in it. He's able to get lefties and righties out, you feel pretty good that Erik Bedard had the ball in that situation."
Danks finished with a career-high three hits as the White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games, bouncing back from a difficult loss in the series opener.
"He's been doing great," manager Robin Ventura said of Danks. "Ever since he came back he's been swinging it good, playing good defense. He seems to be in the middle of everything. Even in Kansas City, he got some big hits there and tonight was the same way. It's nice to see."