CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Carrasco made the pitch he wanted. It just didn’t happen to go where he intended and Rob Brantly didn’t miss an opportunity to take things from there.
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.
Brantly, making his second start with the White Sox, lined the first pitch he saw in the second inning from Carrasco (12-10) into the bullpen in right field to put Chicago ahead 3-0.
“I just thought he got ambushed by Brantly,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And that’s three runs.”
Brantly was claimed off waivers from Miami last December and recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Sept. 1.
Carrasco lasted 2 2-3 innings, allowing four runs, 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.
Carrasco said he wasn’t thrown off by the delay and did his best to get ready for the game. Missing on his location to Brantly didn’t help.
“It was supposed to be a fastball down and away,” Carrasco said. “It just went right in the middle.”
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 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.
“I feel strong for the first time playing 162 games and playing for this long,” Rodon said. “It’s actually real fun. I’m enjoying it. It is a grind, but I enjoy every minute of it.”
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.
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.