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White Sox: Rondon shines, Abreu homers in win over Philly

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Aug 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Carlos Rodon scattered three hits in 6 2/3 innings and Jose Abreu homered, as White Sox beat the Phillies 9-1

Carlos Rodon has looked better and better each time he takes the hill. The lefty didn’t allow a run while Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer to lead the White Sox to a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Abreu and Justin Moreanu went back-to-back against Jake Thompson to stretch the lead to 7-0 in the fifth. Abreu homered for the third straight game. For the White Sox, this was a complete effort, which saw the team bounce out to an early lead.  Adam Eaton hit a leadoff triple and Tim Anderson drove him in on the ensuing play to take an early 1-0 lead.

Rodon continued his dominance, improving to 4-8 and lowering his ERA to 4.02. He set down 10 hitters in a row and had four strike outs. In his last four starts, the 23-year-old has allowed four runs and has 1.46 ERA. This was the type of pitcher the White Sox envisioned when they drafted him third overall in 2014.

Anderson also continued his strong season with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, while raising his average to .280. The youngster showed some signs of youth getting picked off. He was originally ruled safe but the call was overturned on replay.

Freddy Galvis hit a solo home run off Chris Beck for the Phillies’ lone run in the 7th. It was his 13th home run and 51st RBI of the season. Thompson fell to 1-3 with a 9.78 ERA, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

The White Sox look to win their fourth straight in the series finale tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. James Shields (3-8, 7.62 ERA) will take the hill against right hander Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91 ERA).

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