Rodriguez strikes out 12 as Red Sox beat White Sox 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) So much for any lingering concern about Eduardo Rodriguez's right ankle.

He answered every question with a pile of Ks.

Rodriguez struck out 12 in 5 2/3 innings in his return from an ankle injury, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Saturday night.

''Best stuff of the season,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''Location, mix of pitches, tempo, that was impressive.''

Jackie Bradley Jr., Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez homered as AL East-leading Boston maintained its 7 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees, who held off Detroit for a 2-1 win. The Red Sox won for the fourth time in five games to run the majors' best record to 94-43, already one more victory than they had when they won the division each of the past two years.

Rodriguez (12-3) allowed one run and three hits in his first major league appearance since he sprained his right ankle while covering first against Toronto on July 14. The left-hander retired his first 12 batters, striking out 10.

''All my pitches were right where I wanted,'' he said.

It was a welcome development for a Boston team already missing ace Chris Sale and fellow lefty David Price because of injuries.

''We know that we're searching for outs and for starters and everything. That was great for us,'' Cora said. ''He'll be ready for his next start, we know that. There's no limitations.''

Carlos Rodon (6-4) kept the White Sox in the game for a while before committing a costly error in the seventh. With one out and runners on second and third, the lefty fielded Andrew Benintendi's comebacker and threw wildly to first, allowing Christian Vazquez to come home.

''Right now, I just can't believe I did that,'' Rodon said. ''But I did it and just got to turn the page.''

Steve Pearce and J.D. Martinez then hit run-scoring singles as Boston opened a 5-1 lead. Kinsler added a solo drive on a 3-0 pitch from Ryan Burr in the eighth.

Rodon was charged with five runs, four earned, and six hits in 6 1/3 innings in his first loss since June 30. He was 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his previous nine starts.

''You give a good club like that extra outs and they take advantage of it,'' manager Rick Renteria said.

The 25-year-old Rodon was sailing along before Nunez and Bradley connected in the fifth, powering the Red Sox to a 2-0 lead. Nunez's 10th homer was originally ruled a double, but the call was overturned when a replay review showed his leadoff drive caromed off a railing above the wall in left.

Rodriguez extended his scoreless streak to 24 innings before Nicky Delmonico hit an RBI double in the sixth. Cora then brought in Ryan Brasier, who struck out Avisail Garcia to end the inning.

MAKING MOVES

The White Sox promoted left-handers Aaron Bummer and Caleb Frare from Triple-A Charlotte. Bummer and Frare join a group of young relievers auditioning for more prominent roles in Chicago's bullpen in 2019.

The 25-year-old Frare is looking to make his major league debut after he was acquired in a trade with the Yankees on July 29 for international bonus pool money. He went 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA in 11 appearances with the Knights.

''It's really cool that they're considering me to be a part of their future, and I'm excited to be here,'' Frare said.

SWEET SEPTEMBER

The Red Sox recalled five players from Triple-A Pawtucket: first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis, infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, lefties Robby Scott and Bobby Poyner and right-hander William Cuevas.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Price (bruised left wrist) played catch. ''He feels OK,'' Cora said. ''He's gonna try and pick it up tomorrow and see how he feels.'' It's unclear when Price will make his next start. ... 3B Rafael Devers (strained left hamstring) could continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket through the end of the minor league schedule on Monday. ''We'll take it day by day, but he needs the at-bats,'' Cora said. ''He'll benefit from that.'' ... Rodriguez, Vazquez (broken finger) and knuckleballer Steven Wright (left knee inflammation) were activated from the 10-day disabled list. Vazquez got the start and went 0 for 3 with a walk.

White Sox: Garcia left after six innings because of right knee soreness. He is day to day. ... RHP Nate Jones was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Jones is out with a strained right arm.

UP NEXT

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.02 ERA) and White Sox right-hander James Shields (5-15, 4.54 ERA) pitch in the series finale on Sunday. Johnson is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA in his 11 starts this year. Shields has one win and a 4.83 ERA over his last eight outings.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (12-3)L: C. Rodon (6-4)
  • HR: BOS - I. Kinsler (14), E. Nunez (10), J. Bradley (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF51200011.342.431.6401.0713.5
A. Benintendi LF51000013.288.370.481.8500.5
S. Pearce 1B30110000.285.377.529.9063.0
M. Moreland 1B10000001.251.320.458.7780.0
J. Martinez DH40210011.335.405.6471.0522.5
X. Bogaerts SS30000113.279.350.510.8600.5
E. Nunez 3B41111002.264.288.391.6796.0
I. Kinsler 2B41111002.250.312.408.7206.0
C. Vazquez C31000110.210.249.295.5441.5
J. Bradley CF41211001.232.309.404.7129.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS40000041.245.288.412.700-2.0
    N. Delmonico DH40110030.222.307.393.7001.5
    A. Garcia RF30000031.236.267.442.709-1.5
    D. Palka LF10000000.237.283.464.7480.0
    M. Davidson 1B40200010.236.328.455.7831.5
    Y. Moncada 2B40100011.223.304.399.7030.5
    R. LaMarre LF-RF20000112.281.331.385.7160.5
    O. Narvaez C30000033.284.374.432.806-1.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B30100012.250.317.381.6980.5
    A. Engel CF31000011.236.276.340.6160.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (39)
      • 3B - J. Bradley (4)
      • HR - E. Nunez (10), I. Kinsler (14), J. Bradley (12)
      • RBI - S. Pearce (32), J. Martinez (115), E. Nunez (42), I. Kinsler (39), J. Bradley (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi, X. Bogaerts, I. Kinsler 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Delmonico (11)
      • RBI - N. Delmonico (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, O. Narvaez, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Kinsler-Bogaerts-Pearce)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Davidson; Anderson-Davidson)
      • E - C. Rodon, Y. Sanchez (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 12-3)5.231111203.341.2023.0
      R. Brasier (H, 6)1.12000301.160.772.5
      M. Barnes1.00000203.451.204.0
      J. Kelly1.00000103.721.243.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 12-3)5.2
      R. Brasier (H, 6)1.1
      M. Barnes1.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 6-4)6.16542422.891.023.0
      R. Burr1.12110012.450.550.0
      A. Bummer1.11000103.051.652.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 6-4)6.1
      R. Burr1.1
      A. Bummer1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 90-60, R. Brasier 23-17, M. Barnes 14-8, J. Kelly 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 2-2, R. Brasier 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, R. Brasier 6, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Rodon (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 109-71, R. Burr 14-8, A. Bummer 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 7-10, R. Burr 1-2, A. Bummer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, R. Burr 5, A. Bummer 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Betts RF51200011.342.431.6401.0713.5
      A. Benintendi LF51000013.288.370.481.8500.5
      S. Pearce 1B30110000.285.377.529.9063.0
      M. Moreland 1B10000001.251.320.458.7780.0
      J. Martinez DH40210011.335.405.6471.0522.5
      X. Bogaerts SS30000113.279.350.510.8600.5
      E. Nunez 3B41111002.264.288.391.6796.0
      I. Kinsler 2B41111002.250.312.408.7206.0
      C. Vazquez C31000110.210.249.295.5441.5
      J. Bradley CF41211001.232.309.404.7129.0
      Total3669532514-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Anderson SS40000041.245.288.412.700-2.0
        N. Delmonico DH40110030.222.307.393.7001.5
        A. Garcia RF30000031.236.267.442.709-1.5
        D. Palka LF10000000.237.283.464.7480.0
        M. Davidson 1B40200010.236.328.455.7831.5
        Y. Moncada 2B40100011.223.304.399.7030.5
        R. LaMarre LF-RF20000112.281.331.385.7160.5
        O. Narvaez C30000033.284.374.432.806-1.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B30100012.250.317.381.6980.5
        A. Engel CF31000011.236.276.340.6160.5
        Total31151011811-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (39)
          • 3B - J. Bradley (4)
          • HR - E. Nunez (10), I. Kinsler (14), J. Bradley (12)
          • RBI - S. Pearce (32), J. Martinez (115), E. Nunez (42), I. Kinsler (39), J. Bradley (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi, X. Bogaerts, I. Kinsler 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Delmonico (11)
          • RBI - N. Delmonico (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, O. Narvaez, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Kinsler-Bogaerts-Pearce)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Davidson; Anderson-Davidson)
          • E - C. Rodon, Y. Sanchez (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 12-3)5.231111203.341.2023.0
          R. Brasier (H, 6)1.12000301.160.772.5
          M. Barnes1.00000203.451.204.0
          J. Kelly1.00000103.721.243.5
          Total9.05111180---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 12-3)5.2
          R. Brasier (H, 6)1.1
          M. Barnes1.0
          J. Kelly1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Rodon (L, 6-4)6.16542422.891.023.0
          R. Burr1.12110012.450.550.0
          A. Bummer1.11000103.051.652.5
          Total9.0965253---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Rodon (L, 6-4)6.1
          R. Burr1.1
          A. Bummer1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 90-60, R. Brasier 23-17, M. Barnes 14-8, J. Kelly 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 2-2, R. Brasier 1-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, R. Brasier 6, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Rodon (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 109-71, R. Burr 14-8, A. Bummer 18-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 7-10, R. Burr 1-2, A. Bummer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 30, R. Burr 5, A. Bummer 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Kinsler homered to left61
          • 7TH INNING
            Martinez singled to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to second51
            Pearce singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to third41
            Benintendi safe at first on Rodon throwing error, Vazquez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second31
          • 6TH INNING
            Delmonico doubled to deep left, Engel scored21
          • 5TH INNING
            Bradley homered to right20
            Nunez homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Bummer Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to shortstop, Betts out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Palka flied out to left
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davidson flied out to deep right
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • R. Burr Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez lined out to center
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler homered to left
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to first
            • Aaron Bummer relieved Ryan Burr
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Ryan Brasier
            • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Engel fouled out to right
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Daniel Palka in left field
            • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bradley flied out to deep left
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to left center, Vazquez to third
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi safe at first on Rodon throwing error, Vazquez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to third
            • Ryan Burr relieved Carlos Rodon
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Martinez singled to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third, Pearce out at third, Martinez to second
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Mitch Moreland at first base
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davidson singled to center
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada singled to left, Davidson to second
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, LaMarre grounded out to first, Davidson to third, Moncada to second
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Martinez to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to second, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Engel reached on fielder's choice to second, Sanchez out at second
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Foul, Delmonico doubled to deep left, Engel scored
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez homered to left center
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to third
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Bradley homered to right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Betts safe at first on 3rd baseman Sanchez throwing error
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davidson singled to right center
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moncada grounded out to shortstop, Davidson out at second
            • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, LaMarre walked
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to left
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce hit by pitch
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to third, Pearce to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts fouled out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
            • N. Delmonico: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler lined out to center
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Vazquez popped out to first
            • J. Bradley: Bradley tripled to deep center
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to deep center
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada fouled out to first
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep right
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)