Carlos Rodon strike outs a dozen as Chicago White Sox down Detroit Tigers, 3-1, in opener of doubleheader
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 12 in six innings and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 3-1 Thursday in a doubleheader opener, the Tigers’ 11th loss in 13 games.
Rodon (4-0) made his first home start since pitching a no-hitter against Cleveland on April 14. He allowed two hits and walked one, and his ERA rose from 0.48 to 0.72.
Rodon gave up a run in the fourth, just his second earned run allowed this season, when Robbie Grossman singled leading off, stole second and came home on Jonathan Schoop’s two-out double.
Rodon struck out seven of his first nine batters, including five straight. He has 30 strikeouts in 25 innings this season.
Liam Hendriks got three straight outs for his fifth save in seven chances, finishing the opening game of a doubleheader of seven-inning games under pandemic rules. The doubleheader was caused by a rainout Wednesday.
Chicago has won five of six.
Casey Mize (1-3) lost his third straight start, giving up three runs, four hits and three walks in six innings. Detroit has lost six of seven, dropping to a major league worst 8-17.
Chicago’s first three batters reached on the fifth on a single and two walks. Billy Hamilton hit a tying groundout, and Leury Garcia hit the next pitch for a two-run single.
In the second game, right-hander Dylan Cease (0-0) was scheduled to start for the White Sox against leftie Matthew Boyd (2-2).
Chicago recalled INF Danny Mendick from the alternate training site and Detroit recalled OF Derek Hill.
Tigers: JaCoby Jones slammed into the center-field wall after catching Adam Eaton’s first-inning drive but remained in the game.