Making his second straight start, Gonzalez struggled with command and only lasted 4 2/3 innings. He walked five batters, hit another and gave up three earned runs and five hits before giving way to Jennings.
“Control wasn’t there today,” Gonzalez said. “Ball was moving a lot. I tried to stay under control, kept the team in the game. It was a battle out there.
“I thought I could have gone more, but that control wasn’t there. It’s part of the game sometimes.”
The offense also was susceptible to a mistake or two, too.
Though the group finished a strong road trip with five more runs, giving it 37 in six games, missed opportunities were everywhere.
The White Sox stranded nine runners.
No chance was bigger than the one in the seventh, when the White Sox tied the game against Dellin Betances but couldn’t convert despite having two runners in scoring position and none out.
Abreu and Frazier singled to open the inning, and Melky Cabrera doubled in a run to make it 5-5. But Lawrie grounded out, and Betances struck out Avisail Garcia and Avila to keep it even.
The White Sox — who struck out 12 times — also stranded a pair of runners in the second, third and fifth innings.
“We had a lot of guys, second and third and couldn’t get them in.,” Ventura said. “But there was some tough pitching going on out there. It’s a tough go, and it’s a tough day.
“We just couldn’t hold it. We’d get a lead, they kept fighting back, and even for us, late, the seventh inning you end up tying it back up, but we just couldn’t pin it down.”
CSN’s JJ Stankevitz and Dan Hayes talk about the White Sox’s upcoming series against the Astros and Royals in this week’s edition of the Honda Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.
The Astros and Royals made the playoffs last season, but both are currently under .500. The two teams will visit U.S. Cellular Field this week in the first meeting against the White Sox this season for both teams.
After losing back-to-back series on the road, the White Sox are at home for 10 straight games, including a four-game set against the Indians next week.