Astros, Sox split twinbill

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CHICAGO (AP) - Ivan Nova sparkled for nine innings to stay on a roll. Gerrit Cole's hot streak was put on hold before he even threw a pitch.

Nova tossed a four-hitter and the Chicago White Sox took advantage of an injury to Cole, one of Houston's aces, for a 4-1 win and split of their doubleheader on Tuesday.

Houston won the first game 6-2 behind six solid innings from Zack Greinke in his second start with the Astros and solo home runs by George Springer and José Altuve.

Cole, 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA, was listed on the lineup for the nightcap, but the right-hander didn't start after experiencing right hamstring discomfort while he warmed up. He was set to try for his 11th straight win. Instead righty Chris Devenski (2-1) took the mound and lasted just two innings in taking the loss.

Nova (8-9) limited high-scoring Houston to one unearned run and walked none in his second complete game this season and 10th of his career as he improved to 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in his last five starts. After hitting Carlos Correa with a pitch in the fourth, the right hander retired 16 straight batters.

Ryan Goins drove in two runs with a single to cap Chicago's three-run second inning. Ryan Cordell doubled in a run and Adam Engel added an RBI single.

Devenski allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in his first start of the season and seventh of his career. His error on Cordell's grounder down the first-base line in the second helped set up Chicago's rally.

Three Astros releivers - Joe Biagini, Héctor Rondón and Joe Smith - followed and allowed one run the rest of the way.

Springer drove in the lone run for the Astros in the second game after connecting on the first pitch of the day then throwing out a runner at the plate from right field in the opener.

Springer said he was ready for an opening fastball from hard-throwing White Sox rookie Dylan Cease. He sent a 467-foot shot to the back of the left field stands.

Greinke (12-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in winning for the second time since Houston acquired him from Arizona in a deal at the trade deadline. The 35-year-old struck out six, walked two and hit a batter in a 102-pitch outing that was sharper than his Astros debut last week when he allowed five runs in six innings to Colorado.

Will Harris, Ryan Pressly and Collin McHugh each followed Greinke with a perfect inning.

Making his seventh start, Cease (2-5) allowed four runs in six-plus innings.

• UP NEXT: Astros LHP Wade Miley (11-4, 2.99) faces White Sox LHP Ross Detwiler (1-3, 5.35) in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon. Miley has wins in five straight decisions with a 2.11 ERA in an seven-game span, and has won three straight starts.

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