CHICAGO (AP) – Rob Brantly smacked a three-run homer for his first American League hit, and rookie Carlos Rodon allowed one run through seven innings to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 – including his 26th homer and a double – to drive in two runs and help the White Sox win for the fifth time in six games. Trayce Thompson also had two RBIs.
Rodon (7-6) scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked one in his sixth straight quality start. He is 3-2 in that span while yielding eight earned runs in his last 41 innings.
The left-hander has put together the streak after his ERA peaked at 5.00 on Aug. 5, when he gave up four runs in 4 2-3 innings to Tampa Bay.
Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer off White Sox reliever Nate Jones in the eighth and pinch-hitter Jose Ramirez added a solo shot off Zach Duke in the ninth. Mike Aviles had three hits and drove in the Indians’ other run.
Brantly, making his second start with the White Sox, lined the first pitch he saw in the second inning from Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (12-10) into the right-field bullpen to put Chicago ahead 3-0.
Brantly was claimed off waivers from Miami last December and recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Sep. 1.
Carrasco lasted just 2 2-3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks in his first start since Aug. 21. He was on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
The game started after a 64-minute delay due to anticipated storms that never amounted to more than light rain. Heavier thunderstorms had moved through the area earlier.
Rodon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second. He settled in after he was staked to a four-run lead on Brantly’s homer in the second and Abreu’s solo shot in the third.
Indians: CF Abraham Almonte was a late scratch from the lineup with folliculitis, a skin inflammation, near his left armpit. … Rookie INF Francisco Lindor was held out of the starting lineup after playing through a minor illness Monday. He pinch-hit in the eighth.
White Sox: C Tyler Flowers (left hand) and DH-1B Adam LaRoche (right knee tendinitis) missed the game and are day to day. … Chicago recalled speedy INF Micah Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte. He was available off the bench.
Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.55 ERA) faces Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87) in the series finale Wednesday night. Tomlin, who will pitch on four days’ rest, has made five starts for Cleveland this season – winning the last four – after coming back from shoulder surgery. Samardzija won his most recent start on Sept. 3, but was 0-6 in August. He’s 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA against the Indians this year.
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