Abreu homers again, Rodon sharp as White Sox crush Phillies
CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon was so disgusted with a start earlier in the season he tossed his glove into the stands. It got worse when he sprained his left wrist slipping on the dugout steps as he rushed out for the national anthem.
After missing nearly a month, Rodon is starting to show why he was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft with hopes of joining fellow lefty starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana atop the White Sox rotation.
Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game and Chicago beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Tuesday night.
''It's building up trying to get to Q and Sale,'' Rodon said. ''Those guys are very good, top-line starters. Of the left-handers in the game, they're probably the two best. I'd love to be like that.''
Rodon (4-8) allowed three hits and has a 1.46 ERA in his past four starts after missing most of July. His fastball was consistently at 96 mph and he even worked on a new backdoor slider.
''Everything he does has effort, and it's strength,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ''When he has it going on it looks really good. He doesn't need to get away from his strength and physicality is one of them. When he picks around and throws soft stuff he's not as effective.''
Abreu hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot in the fifth off Jake Thompson (1-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.
Adam Eaton tripled, singled and scored twice and Tim Anderson tripled, reached base three times and drove in a run as Chicago built a 9-0 lead in its third straight win.
Freddy Galvis hit his 13th home run off Chris Beck in the seventh to end a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Phillies, who have dropped five of seven.
Abreu hit 36 homers while winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 and 30 last year. He's up to 17 as he heats up after struggling much of the season. Abreu has five homers and 11 RBIs in his past 16 games despite a sore hamstring.
''This is as good as he's looked all year as far as not chasing stuff,'' Ventura said.
The Phillies, playing on Chicago's South Side for the first time since 2004, managed five hits while Thompson allowed five extra-base hits and four walks in his fourth big league start.
The right-hander has yet to pitch past the fifth inning and saw his ERA swell to 9.78. Thompson has walked 13 in 19 1/3 innings.
''He relies a lot on command, and he hasn't shown that,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ''I attribute a lot of that to his youth and inexperience.''
Phillies: SS prospect J.P. Crawford (oblique) is back playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is a September call-up candidate.
White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia (knee) was activated off the 15-day DL and went 1 for 4 with a double. OF Jason Coats was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, leaving nine players on the DL. . 2B Brett Lawrie (left hamstring) returned from his rehab assignment because of a setback and was scheduled for tests. . 2B Tyler Saladino (back) was available off the bench.
Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, hitting .107 vs. lefties, was out of the lineup. U.S. Cellular Field is the lone active major league park the former NL MVP hasn't played in.
Phillies RHP Alec Asher, serving an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test, gave up one run in one inning Tuesday in the start of a rehab assignment with the Class-A affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
The Phillies confirmed they will have a scout at Tim Tebow's workout next Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Ventura said rookie RHP Carson Fulmer, sent to the minors to be stretched into a starter, could join the rotation soon. He allowed one run in four innings Tuesday night for Charlotte.
White Sox RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98 ERA) faces RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) to close the series Wednesday night. Shields has a 17.36 ERA in four starts this month.