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HOUSTON -- A veteran of 10 major league seasons, Carlos Gomez insists he didnt panic when he got off to a slow start to begin this year.However, hes certainly feeling a lot better now that hes started to turn things around.Gomez hit a two-run homer and Mike Fiers and three relievers combined for a shutout to help the surging Houston Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.Gomez has started heating up after a tough start to the season that included a May when he hit just .136. He has hit four homers, five doubles and driven in 15 runs since June 5 to boost his average from .182 to .225.That makes you better, Gomez said of fighting through his struggles. You have to continue to do your job. When you do this for 10 years thats because youre a pro. The only thing you can do is continue to believe in yourself and work hard.It was Houstons fourth straight victory and 11th in the last 12 games.Fiers (6-3) scattered four hits over six innings. Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson didnt allow a hit in an inning each and Chris Devenski threw a scoreless ninth.The Astros didnt have a baserunner until Miguel Gonzalez (1-4) plunked George Springer to start the fourth inning. He then walked Luis Valbuena before Jose Altuve grounded into a double play that left Springer at third.Houstons first hit came next when Carlos Correas strange infield popup dropped in front of shortstop Tim Anderson and allowed Springer to score and make it 1-0.It was a lucky base hit. Ill take it, Correa said. Obviously throughout the season we hit a lot of balls hard right at people so its good to every once and awhile get a hit like that. It wasnt the best at-bat but it worked out.Gonzalez lamented that no one was able to get to it before it dropped.Looking back on it for the future, someones just got to go all out for it, he said. Its just such a tough play and you almost never see it. It was really tough because it cost us a run, but it wont happen again. Well make that play.Gomez padded the lead when he sent one into the seats in left field with one out in the seventh to make it 3-0. Correa reached on an error by third baseman Tyler Saladino before Gomezs shot.Gonzalez yielded three hits and two runs in a season-high seven innings.Houston first baseman A.J. Reed got his first major league hit with a single with two outs in the fifth inning. He was 0 for 16 since being called up on Saturday before the hit.Kind of a weight lifted off your shoulders and now I dont have to come to the ballpark and think `Todays the day, he said. So go out and relax and have fun.Valbuena added an RBI double in the eighth and Colby Rasmus had a run-scoring single in that inning to make it 5-0.ALTUVES STREAK ENDSAltuve went 0 for 4 without a walk to end a streak where he reached safely in a career-high 32 straight games. The streak was the longest by an Astro since Lance Berkman did it in 37 straight games from July 30-Sept. 8, 2004.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: 3B Matt Davidson had surgery on Friday after breaking his right foot rounding first base in his White Sox debut a day before. Davidson had a screw inserted to repair his foot and the White Sox dont know how long hell be out. They recalled INF Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte before Fridays game to take his spot on the roster.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers, who was scratched from his last start on Tuesday with a blister on his right index finger, is doing better and is expected to make his next start on Monday.UP NEXTWhite Sox: Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) is scheduled to pitch for Chicago on Saturday. Sale, who leads the majors with 13 wins, has a four-game winning streak. Sale is 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 56 strikeouts in five career starts against Houston.Astros: Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) will start for Houston on Saturday. 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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired and the Arizona Cardinals escaped with a 23-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.Catanzaro missed twice on game-winning field goal tries earlier in the season, most memorably a 24-yarder in overtime of a 6-6 tie against Seattle.But this attempt was right down the middle as Arizona (4-4-1) narrowly averted a devastating loss.The 49ers (1-8) lost their eighth in a row despite a strong game by Colin Kaepernick, who tied it at 20-20 on a 4-yard run with 1:55 to play.That was enough time for Carson Palmer to gain redemption after three second-half turnovers, the last an interception by Gerald Hodges that led to the tying touchdown.Palmer completed 4 of 7 passes for 64 yards, including a leaping 26-yard grab by Michael Floyd, as the Cardinals drove from their 15 to the San Francisco 16 to set up the winning kick.Against the leagues No. 32-ranked rush defense, the Cardinals David Johnson was held to 55 yards on 19 carries.JJohnson, who accounted for both Arizona touchdowns, finished with 101 yards from scrimmage, thanks to that late drive, his ninth straight game of at least 100 total yards.dddddddddddd.Kaepernick, returning to the scene of one of the worst games of his career a season ago, completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and ran 10 times for 55 yards.Larry Fitzgerald caught 12 passes for 133 yards and Floyd caught five for 101 yards, his best game of what had been a difficult season.Palmer was 30 of 49 for a season-high 376 yards and a touchdown, but the turnovers were almost his undoing.Arizona, coming off a bye week after a one-sided loss at Carolina, jumped out to a 14-0 lead but couldnt shake the 49ers.The Cardinals led 20-10 at the half, but didnt score in the second half until the game-winning field goal.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Jerseys From China ' ' '