Rodon tosses gem, White Sox blank Cardinals 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon is healthy, and showing signs of rounding into the dominant starter the Chicago White Sox hoped he'd become.

Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and lead the White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Tim Anderson tripled and had two RBIs. Charlie Tilson singled in a run off reliever Mike Mayers in Chicago's two-run seventh and Jose Abreu added an RBI groundout as White Sox ended a six-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 13.

Rodon (2-3) allowed only two singles and a double while walking two and striking out a season-high seven though 7 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, who spent the first two months of 2018 on the disabled list rehabbing from shoulder surgery, sparkled in just his seventh start this season.

Rodon was coming off his strongest outing this season, when he allowed two runs on five hits in a six-inning no-decision at Houston last week. So has the lefty arrived?

''I hope so,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''He is obviously showing tremendous signs that is the case.''

In this one, Rodon looked nothing like the struggling pitcher who was plagued by left biceps bursitis to start 2017 and then underwent shoulder surgery last September.

''I got in a groove,'' Rodon said. ''I started off a little slow and then it started to ramp up.

''Omar (catcher Narvaez) and I got on the same page with almost every pitch and it seemed like things were clicking. When I get that tempo, it goes well.''

Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.

Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start. The right-hander pitched two-hit ball over a career-high eight innings last week in San Francisco.

Weaver and Rodon squared off before in college. Weaver was drafted 27th overall in 2014 out of Florida State. The White Sox picked Rodon third that year from North Carolina State.

''He looked healthy to me,'' Weaver said. ''He had a heckuva game tonight.

''You knew it was going to be a pitchers' duel,'' Weaver added ''You knew he wasn't going to give up many runs, and I tried to do the same. It was a lot of fun (in college) and it was a lot of fun tonight.''

Jose Martinez grounded a sharp single off Rodon with two outs in the first. Then the White Sox lefty didn't allow another hit - and retired 14 of 15 batters - before Matt Carpenter doubled with one out in the sixth.

The White Sox managed only three baserunners - with Yolmer Sanchez singling twice - before the fifth, when Chicago took a 1-0 lead.

Leury Garcia came home when Anderson grounded into a force at second.

The White Sox scored twice with two outs in the seventh to make it 3-0. Narvaez singled, then scored on Anderson's triple to the left field corner. Tilson's single plated Anderson.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth to chase Rodon. Paul DeJong led off with a single, Kolten Wong reached on an error and Carpenter walked.

But Juan Minaya fanned Tommy Pham for the second out, then Soria struck out Martinez to end the threat.

The White Sox added a run in the eighth when Yoan Moncada came home on Abreu's groundout.

ALL-STAR NIX

Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas was removed from the National League's active roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday because he's scheduled to start Sunday against Cincinnati. Los Angeles Dodgers righty Ross Stripling was added to the NL pitching staff Wednesday as Mikolas' replacement.

Mikolas is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star team last weekend. The 29-year-old is enjoying a resurgent season in the majors after three years in Japan.

ROSTER MOVES

The White Sox designated RHP Bruce Rondon for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Charlotte before the game The 27-year-old Rondon went 2-3 with an 8.49 ERA and one save in 35 games. The reliever got one out and issued three walks in Tuesday night's 14-2 loss to St. Louis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: CF Tommy Pham (bruised left ankle) was back in the lineup after being a last-minute scratch on Tuesday and struck out four times. Pham fouled a ball off his foot on Sunday. . Manager Mike Matheny said LHP Tyler Lyons (sprained left elbow) is close to returning from his rehab assignment. . RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) could be activated this weekend, but Matheny didn't have a date.

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (right forearm muscle strain) tossed live batting practice on Wednesday. Jones said he felt good and threw at ''90-100 percent,'' but the next steps in the right-hander's recovery haven't been determined . RHP Miguel Gonzales underwent right shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His recovery time is expected to be nine to 12 months.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (6-4, 3.05) looks for his fourth straight win when he takes the mound against Cincinnati's Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.80) on Friday in the opener of a three-game home series.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (3-10, 4.53) squares off against Kansas City RHP Brad Kelley (2-3, 2.52) on Friday in Chicago.

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  • W: C. Rodon (2-3)L: L. Weaver (5-8)S: J. Soria (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B20100200.262.372.515.8864.0
T. Pham CF40000045.243.328.400.728-2.0
J. Martinez DH40100014.301.367.484.8510.5
M. Ozuna LF40000011.271.312.391.704-0.5
Y. Molina C40100010.274.317.484.8010.5
J. Gyorko 3B40000021.256.321.427.748-1.0
P. DeJong SS30100110.265.352.453.8051.5
D. Fowler RF40000003.170.268.283.5510.0
K. Wong 2B30000000.218.310.368.6780.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B31100111.231.297.412.7104.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40200011.260.310.413.7231.5
    J. Abreu 1B40010001.253.308.438.7461.0
    D. Palka LF40000032.217.267.444.711-1.5
    A. Engel CF00000000.224.280.311.5910.0
    M. Davidson DH30000021.220.332.444.776-1.0
    L. Garcia RF21000120.271.307.371.6781.0
    O. Narvaez C31200000.280.348.392.7403.0
    T. Anderson SS31120000.247.305.419.7235.0
    C. Tilson CF-LF30110011.275.336.304.6401.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Anderson (12)
      • 3B - Y. Moncada (5)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (51), T. Anderson 2 (37), C. Tilson (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson (21), C. Tilson (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - C. Tilson
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (3)
      • DP - (Ozuna-Wong)
      • E - Y. Molina (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Moncada (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Weaver (L, 5-8)6.03112704.721.3213.5
      M. Mayers1.03220103.601.20-1.5
      J. Hicks1.01110202.701.072.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Weaver (L, 5-8)6.0
      M. Mayers1.0
      J. Hicks1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (W, 2-3)7.13002703.561.1929.5
      J. Minaya (H, 2)0.10000103.501.670.5
      J. Soria (S, 13)1.11001202.831.209.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (W, 2-3)7.1
      J. Minaya (H, 2)0.1
      J. Soria (S, 13)1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 92-63, M. Mayers 20-12, J. Hicks 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 4-6, M. Mayers 1-0, J. Hicks 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 22, M. Mayers 5, J. Hicks 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 104-66, J. Minaya 5-4, J. Soria 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 13-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 28, J. Minaya, J. Soria 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Carpenter 1B20100200.262.372.515.8864.0
      T. Pham CF40000045.243.328.400.728-2.0
      J. Martinez DH40100014.301.367.484.8510.5
      M. Ozuna LF40000011.271.312.391.704-0.5
      Y. Molina C40100010.274.317.484.8010.5
      J. Gyorko 3B40000021.256.321.427.748-1.0
      P. DeJong SS30100110.265.352.453.8051.5
      D. Fowler RF40000003.170.268.283.5510.0
      K. Wong 2B30000000.218.310.368.6780.0
      Total32040031014-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Moncada 2B31100111.231.297.412.7104.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B40200011.260.310.413.7231.5
        J. Abreu 1B40010001.253.308.438.7461.0
        D. Palka LF40000032.217.267.444.711-1.5
        A. Engel CF00000000.224.280.311.5910.0
        M. Davidson DH30000021.220.332.444.776-1.0
        L. Garcia RF21000120.271.307.371.6781.0
        O. Narvaez C31200000.280.348.392.7403.0
        T. Anderson SS31120000.247.305.419.7235.0
        C. Tilson CF-LF30110011.275.336.304.6401.5
        Total2947402107-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Carpenter (27)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Anderson (12)
          • 3B - Y. Moncada (5)
          • RBI - J. Abreu (51), T. Anderson 2 (37), C. Tilson (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson (21), C. Tilson (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - C. Tilson
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (3)
          • DP - (Ozuna-Wong)
          • E - Y. Molina (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Moncada (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Weaver (L, 5-8)6.03112704.721.3213.5
          M. Mayers1.03220103.601.20-1.5
          J. Hicks1.01110202.701.072.0
          Total8.07442100---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Weaver (L, 5-8)6.0
          M. Mayers1.0
          J. Hicks1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Rodon (W, 2-3)7.13002703.561.1929.5
          J. Minaya (H, 2)0.10000103.501.670.5
          J. Soria (S, 13)1.11001202.831.209.0
          Total9.04003100---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Rodon (W, 2-3)7.1
          J. Minaya (H, 2)0.1
          J. Soria (S, 13)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 92-63, M. Mayers 20-12, J. Hicks 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 4-6, M. Mayers 1-0, J. Hicks 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 22, M. Mayers 5, J. Hicks 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 104-66, J. Minaya 5-4, J. Soria 28-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 13-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 28, J. Minaya, J. Soria 6
          • 8TH INNING
            Abreu grounded out to pitcher, Moncada scored04
          • 7TH INNING
            Tilson singled to shallow right center, Anderson scored03
            Anderson doubled to deep left, Narvaez scored, Anderson to third02
          • 5TH INNING
            Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Garcia scored, Narvaez out at second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Adam Engel in center field
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna fouled out to right
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina singled to left center
            • J. Gyorko: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked, Molina to second
            • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fowler popped out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong singled to right center
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, DeJong out at second
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wong reached on fielder's choice to second, Fowler to third on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked, Wong to second
            • Juan Minaya relieved Carlos Rodon
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • Joakim Soria relieved Juan Minaya
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Jordan Hicks relieved Mike Mayers
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada tripled to deep right center
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to pitcher, Moncada scored
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to third
            • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gyorko grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Mayers relieved Luke Weaver
            • M. Davidson: Davidson grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Narvaez singled to left
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson doubled to deep left, Narvaez scored, Anderson to third
            • C. Tilson: Tilson singled to shallow right center, Anderson scored
            • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Tilson picked off at first, catcher to first
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong lined out to left
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter doubled to center
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Abreu lined out to center
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to pitcher
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
            • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
            • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Narvaez singled to center, Garcia to third
            • T. Anderson: Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Garcia scored, Narvaez out at second
            • C. Tilson: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Tilson lined out to right
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to first
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez singled to center
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Abreu popped out to second
            • D. Palka: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson fouled out to first
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Tilson struck out looking
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina flied out to deep left
            • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: DeJong grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Garcia struck out on foul tip
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep left
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to center
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Weaver Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Foul on catcher Molina dropped ball error, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Sanchez reached on an infield single to second, Moncada to second
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Abreu lined into double play left to second, Moncada out at second
            • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)