Palka leads off 9th with home, White Sox beat Indians 1-0

CHICAGO (AP) After striking out three times, Daniel Palka finally connected when it counted.

Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night.

Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer to end Chicago's three-game losing streak. His game-ending shot came on a high fastball after Palka was called out on strikes twice and fanned once.

''When your night's going like that, I feel like it's just a lack of focus when it happens,'' Palka said. ''You've just got to lock it back in and keep on rolling.''

It didn't hurt that Ramirez grooved a 96 mph pitch.

''They were getting me on some bad pitches to hit down, whether it was heaters or breaking balls early in the game,'' Palka said ''I just wanted something up in the zone.''

Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox's third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory.

Rodon and Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber tossed crisp scoreless ball deep into the game. Each was relieved after 106 pitches.

Rodon was sharp for a sixth straight start and has a 1.27 ERA in the span. The left-hander struck out five and walked two - both in the first and the only time Rodon allowed two baserunners in an inning - before being replaced by Xavier Cedeno to start the ninth.

The hardest-hit balls off Rodon were doubles by Francisco Lindor in the third and Jose Ramirez in the sixth.

''I feel pretty good,'' Rodon said. ''I might not have all my stuff, but it's working.''

And the 25-year-old lefty says he's strong and pain-free after missing the first two months of the season following arthroscopic left shoulder surgery last September.

''Just the confidence is there,'' Rodon said ''There's no doubt in your mind when you go out and I step on the mound that I'm healthy and I'm coming to compete.''

Bieber matched Rodon through 6 2/3 innings, yielding only three hits - including two doubles - while striking out eight and walking two in this first career start against the White Sox. The 23-year-old right-hander was replaced with two outs in the seventh by Oliver Perez.

''It's been nice, just another outing try to build off on,'' Bieber said ''There is a lot of room for improvement always, just to kind of feel my feet under me and try to build momentum has been nice.

The White Sox managed two baserunners only once against Bieber, in the second with two outs.

''He's been so good in his career early on and in the minor leagues,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He really hasn't gotten up over 100 (pitches) very often. So today's another step for him.''

Yoan Moncada lined a double to the right-center wall to lead off the fifth, but didn't advance as Bieber struck out Ryan LaMarre and Nicky Delmonico before getting Yolmer Sanchez to fly out.

The White Sox used three relievers as they escaped a Cleveland threat in the ninth.

Cedeno walked Melky Cabrera to lead off, then Juan Minaya got Brandon Guyer to ground into a force at second. Yonder Alonso greeted Jace Fry with a single, but Fry struck out Jan Gomes and got Jason Kipnis to pop out.

AL Central Leading Cleveland is 35-17 against division opponents.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Indians: DH Edwin Encarnacion left the game in the third with left biceps discomfort and was replaced by Cabrera. He'll be examined on Saturday. .. Francona had no update on OF Leonys Martin, who was placed on the 10-disabled list on Thursday with an unspecified illness that's not baseball-related. Francona, however, hinted Martin's condition could be serious. ''What I would say, if you are into saying prayers and things like that, keep him in your thoughts,'' Francona said. ''He's at the (Cleveland) Clinic and getting good care.'' ... RHP Josh Tomlin (strained right hamstring) and RHP Nick Goody (right elbow inflammation) threw bullpen sessions in Cleveland on Friday. Tomlin is expected to throw a rehab start at Triple-A Columbus on Monday and Goody will head to the Arizona League for a rehab assignment.

White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said the team will know in the next couple of day if INF/OF Leury Garcia (left hamstring strain) will need a rehab stint. Garcia was injured on Sunday at Tampa Bay.

UP NEXT: Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (11-6, 2.25) takes the mound against White Sox RHP James Shields (4-13, 4.50) on Saturday night. Bauer has won his last three starts, and is 4-0 in his last seven with a 1.76 ERA.

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  • W: J. Fry (1-2)L: N. Ramirez (0-2)
  • HR: CHW - D. Palka (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS30100101.298.377.573.9507.0
M. Brantley LF30000002.293.345.455.8000.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100003.296.409.6181.0272.0
E. Encarnacion DH00000100.229.317.461.7783.0
a- M. Cabrera PH-DH20000101.239.286.327.6131.0
G. Allen PR-DH00000000.232.264.305.5690.0
B. Guyer RF40000024.206.291.390.681-1.0
Y. Alonso 1B40200010.250.317.452.7691.5
Y. Gomes C40000013.241.300.417.717-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000012.217.305.355.661-0.5
R. Davis CF30100010.249.296.312.6080.5
  • a-flied out for Encarnacion in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Delmonico LF30000021.227.326.368.694-1.0
a- A. Engel PH-CF10000011.216.266.296.562-0.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40000012.239.297.376.672-0.5
J. Abreu 1B40100001.269.329.485.8141.0
D. Palka DH41111031.238.281.502.7834.5
A. Garcia RF30000010.254.277.493.770-0.5
O. Narvaez C20000100.285.370.425.7941.0
T. Anderson SS30100011.241.288.404.6921.5
Y. Moncada 2B20100110.219.302.393.6952.5
R. LaMarre CF-LF30100013.272.323.325.6470.5
  • a-struck out for Delmonico in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (39), J. Ramirez (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez 2 (2), B. Guyer 3 (3), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Anderson (18), Y. Moncada (21)
  • HR - D. Palka (18)
  • RBI - D. Palka (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, J. Abreu, D. Palka, T. Anderson, R. LaMarre 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Lindor 2 (19), E. Encarnacion (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu)
  • E - O. Narvaez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber6.23002804.101.3520.0
O. Perez1.01000301.450.593.5
N. Ramirez (L, 0-2)0.11110014.401.19-7.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber6.2
O. Perez1.0
N. Ramirez (L, 0-2)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Rodon8.04002502.611.0523.5
X. Cedeno0.00001003.381.45-1.0
J. Minaya0.10000003.551.620.0
J. Fry (W, 1-2)0.21000104.581.056.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Rodon8.0
X. Cedeno0.0
J. Minaya0.1
J. Fry (W, 1-2)0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 106-74, O. Perez 19-16, N. Ramirez 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 9-3
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, O. Perez 4, N. Ramirez 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 106-69, X. Cedeno 6-2, J. Minaya 4-3, J. Fry 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-12, J. Minaya 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, X. Cedeno, J. Minaya, J. Fry 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS30100101.298.377.573.9507.0
M. Brantley LF30000002.293.345.455.8000.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100003.296.409.6181.0272.0
E. Encarnacion DH00000100.229.317.461.7783.0
a- M. Cabrera PH-DH20000101.239.286.327.6131.0
G. Allen PR-DH00000000.232.264.305.5690.0
B. Guyer RF40000024.206.291.390.681-1.0
Y. Alonso 1B40200010.250.317.452.7691.5
Y. Gomes C40000013.241.300.417.717-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000012.217.305.355.661-0.5
R. Davis CF30100010.249.296.312.6080.5
Total3105003616-----
  • a-flied out for Encarnacion in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Delmonico LF30000021.227.326.368.694-1.0
a- A. Engel PH-CF10000011.216.266.296.562-0.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40000012.239.297.376.672-0.5
J. Abreu 1B40100001.269.329.485.8141.0
D. Palka DH41111031.238.281.502.7834.5
A. Garcia RF30000010.254.277.493.770-0.5
O. Narvaez C20000100.285.370.425.7941.0
T. Anderson SS30100011.241.288.404.6921.5
Y. Moncada 2B20100110.219.302.393.6952.5
R. LaMarre CF-LF30100013.272.323.325.6470.5
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HITTERSAB
N. Delmonico LF3
a- A. Engel PH-CF1
Y. Sanchez 3B4
J. Abreu 1B4
D. Palka DH4
A. Garcia RF3
O. Narvaez C2
T. Anderson SS3
Y. Moncada 2B2
R. LaMarre CF-LF3
Total29
  • a-struck out for Delmonico in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (39), J. Ramirez (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez 2 (2), B. Guyer 3 (3), J. Kipnis 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Anderson (18), Y. Moncada (21)
  • HR - D. Palka (18)
  • RBI - D. Palka (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, J. Abreu, D. Palka, T. Anderson, R. LaMarre 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Lindor 2 (19), E. Encarnacion (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu)
  • E - O. Narvaez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber6.23002804.101.3520.0
O. Perez1.01000301.450.593.5
N. Ramirez (L, 0-2)0.11110014.401.19-7.0
Total8.05112111---
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber6.2
O. Perez1.0
N. Ramirez (L, 0-2)0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Rodon8.04002502.611.0523.5
X. Cedeno0.00001003.381.45-1.0
J. Minaya0.10000003.551.620.0
J. Fry (W, 1-2)0.21000104.581.056.5
Total9.0500360---
PITCHERSIP
C. Rodon8.0
X. Cedeno0.0
J. Minaya0.1
J. Fry (W, 1-2)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 106-74, O. Perez 19-16, N. Ramirez 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 9-3
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, O. Perez 4, N. Ramirez 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 106-69, X. Cedeno 6-2, J. Minaya 4-3, J. Fry 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-12, J. Minaya 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, X. Cedeno, J. Minaya, J. Fry 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Palka homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Xavier Cedeno relieved Carlos Rodon
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • Greg Allen ran for Melky Cabrera
    • Juan Minaya relieved Xavier Cedeno
    • B. Guyer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Guyer reached on fielder's choice to third, Allen out at second
    • Jace Fry relieved Juan Minaya
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso singled to right, Guyer to second
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis popped out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Palka homered to left
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley reached on catcher's interference
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • O. Perez Pitching:
    • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, LaMarre singled to right
    • Adam Engel hit for Nicky Delmonico
    • A. Engel: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Engel struck out bunting foul
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
    • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso singled to right
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Alonso out at second
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Narvaez flied out to center
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley popped out to shortstop
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
    • B. Guyer: Guyer flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomes flied out to deep center
    • J. Kipnis: Kipnis popped out to shortstop
    • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis reached on an infield single to second
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada doubled to deep right
    • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
    • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
    • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Edwin Encarnacion
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • D. Palka: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to third
    • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez walked
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Narvaez out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Davis popped bunt out to first
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor doubled to deep left
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Delmonico flied out to deep left
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
    • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Narvaez grounded out to second
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson doubled to deep left
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada walked
    • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, LaMarre grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Rodon Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley flied out to deep right
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez fouled out to first
    • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lindor stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor stole third, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu singled to center
    • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)