How it happened: White Sox starter Carlos Rodon went a strong seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts. The White Sox used a three-run home run from Rob Brantly in the second inning and a solo shot from Jose Abreu in the third inning to grab control of the game early. Abreu delivered three hits, while Trayce Thompson reached base three times, with his two hits raising his batting average to .400 and his on-base percentage to .449 over his first 22 games.
What it means: Rodon continues to show growth in his debut season, delivering his sixth consecutive quality start. He now has a 1.76 ERA over those six starts with 41 strikeouts in 41 innings. Command remains an issue as he needed 112 pitches to get through seven innings, but he walked just one. Even before the outing, the left-hander was third among major league rookies with 13 quality starts and fourth in strikeouts with 123 before adding eight more to that total.
Outside the box: There is something about the Indians that appeals to Abreu. The White Sox’s second-year player now has a hit in 14 of the 15 games he has played against the Indians this season. He entered with a .291 batting average against Cleveland and now has five of his 26 home runs against the American League Central rivals. His three-hit night raised his batting average to .294.
Off beat: Indians manager Terry Francona has never been one that has been afraid of using his bullpen, and he put it to the test Tuesday. After starter Carlos Carrasco lasted just 2⅔ innings, Francona called on six relievers to go the rest of the way. No reliever delivered more than the four outs Francona got out of right-hander Giovanni Soto. He is of no relation to White Sox catcher Geovany Soto. Also entering the game for the Indians was former White Sox starter Gavin Floyd.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.55) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.