Rodon rolls on as White Sox pound Phillies

Rodon rolls on as White Sox pound Phillies

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon has grown accustomed to winning ways. The southpaw went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.

In those four starts, Rodon has yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He gave up three hits over 109 pitches against the Phillies.

"It's all about strike one and strike two. When you get ahead of guys and you've got good stuff, you can beat 'em," Rodon said. "You can cause more contact when you get ahead, you can just flip up there whatever you want when it's 1-2, 0-2. Omar [Narvaez] back there calling that game is huge. Just comfortable, got on a roll and everything worked out."

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Phillies rookie Jake Thompson, who entered with an 8.79 ERA, was hit early and often by the White Sox offense. The team scored one in the first on Adam Eaton's triple and Tim Anderson's groundout, added three in the third and three more in the fifth, including back-to-back homers from Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau.

"I'm not used to this," Thompson said. "The issue is pretty evident. I'm not throwing strikes, and when I am throwing strikes, they're not good strikes. It's coming back to the drawing board and figuring it out a little bit."

Philadelphia avoided the shutout when Freddy Galvis homered off of reliever Chris Beck with two outs in the seventh. Every White Sox starter but Todd Frazier had at least one hit, as the White Sox won a third straight game.

Eaton's leadoff triple

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Three, it's a magic number: When Abreu homered with one out and one on in the fifth, it marked the third straight game in which the White Sox first baseman had gone deep. Abreu also homered in three straight games from June 9-12, 2015. He has raised his home run total to 17 and his RBI total to 70.

"His hands have been working great lately," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "He looks good at the plate. This is as good as he's looked all year as far as not chasing stuff. He just looks good."

Abreu's two-run homer

Thompson's struggles continue: Thompson is the No. 66 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, but his first four starts have been a nightmare. He allowed seven runs in five innings against the White Sox. Thompson's 9.79 ERA is the second-highest in franchise history among pitchers making four starts to open a career. Only Mike Maddux is higher. He had a 9.98 ERA through his first four starts in 1986.

"I don't really have the answer right now to fix it," Thompson said. "I feel I'm certainly a lot better than my performance has indicated." More >

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One-two punch: Eaton and Anderson sparked the White Sox offense from the top two spots in the order. Eaton and Anderson each had two hits and two runs scored. They both tripled and singled, while Anderson drove in two runs.

Anderson's RBI triple

Homer prevents shutout: Galvis hit his 13th homer of the season, a towering shot to right field in the seventh inning to keep the Phillies from a second consecutive shutout.

"We're not counting on Freddy to hit home runs for us, but he's got 13 now," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "I feel like telling him to start hitting home runs. We keep telling him not to and he keeps hitting them."

QUOTABLE
"When you're in a zone, you just try to stay in it, to be honest. That's what I'm hoping for -- just finish strong at the end of the season here and just put my team in position to win. Try not look back to the end of the year, and hopefully in the future you have a complete year instead of just doing it in the second half." -- Rodon, on his four-game stretch

"How many guys do you see come to the big leagues at 22 years old and just flat-out dominate every time they go out? There's not very many. He's young. When you come up and you pitch so well all year and then you finally get your opportunity, you want to impress. It puts a lot on you. And as a kid, you've got to be able to control it, and it's tough, it's hard. It's hard to go through. It's something that's going to make him better when he does finally figure it out and overcomes some of the rough patches he's having." -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, on Thompson

Ventura on big win over Phillies

REMEMBER HIS NAME
Narvaez has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games with an at-bat. He is batting .333 with two doubles, three RBIs, seven walks and four runs scored this season.

REPLAY REVIEW
Thompson appeared to pick off Anderson at first base in the fifth, but first-base umpire John Tumpane called him safe. First baseman Tommy Joseph immediately signaled to the Phillies' bench to challenge the play. The replay official agreed with Joseph and overturned the call, crediting Thompson with a pickoff.

Thompson pickoff call overturned

WHAT'S NEXT
Phillies: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91 ERA) will be trying to straighten out a few things Wednesday night (8:10 ET) against the White Sox. He has been one of the team's most reliable starters this season, but he has a 5.60 ERA in three starts this month.

White Sox: James Shields tries to improve on a dismal August in the second and final game of this Interleague series on Wednesday night (7:10 CT). Shields is 0-3 over his last four starts, allowing a combined 28 runs (27 earned) on 33 hits over 14 innings. He has given up 20 home runs over 69 2/3 innings for Chicago.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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