NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Yoan Moncada doubled in two and the surging Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Rodon (6-3) allowed a two-run shot to Gleyber Torres but was strong otherwise, and Chicago’s bullpen closed out a three-hitter. The White Sox have won 10 of 13 and clinched their first winning month of the season by improving to 15-10 in August.
Rodon is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his past nine starts. The 25-year-old left-hander hasn’t lost since June 30.
New York (83-48) missed an opportunity to gain ground on the idle Red Sox, falling 6 1/2 games back of the AL East leaders.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (9-5) dodged trouble early, including a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth. Tanaka fanned Matt Davidson on three pitches and got Omar Narvaez to chase a two-strike slider. Moncada hit a sharp grounder that deflected off the mound and part of Tanaka’s glove right to the shortstop, Torres, who threw to first to end the threat.
Chicago broke through in the sixth on a mix of luck and timely hitting. With one out, Palka tapped a broken-bat dribbler up the third base line for a single. After a walk to Davidson, Narvaez made contact on a check swing that rolled less than halfway toward third for another infield hit.
Moncada then grounded a two-run double into right-center field to tie it at 2. Nicky Delmonico followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Narvaez for a 3-2 advantage.
Yolmer Sanchez led off the seventh with a single to left that was misplayed by Shane Robinson, letting Sanchez advance to second. Tim Anderson then doubled, scoring Sanchez and adding to Chicago’s lead.
Tanaka allowed four runs and matched a career high with ten hits over seven innings.
Anderson brought home Adam Engel in the ninth on an error by first baseman Luke Voit and later scored on a wild pitch.
Torres broke a scoreless tie in the fourth by crushing an 0-1 changeup an estimated 444 feet over the center field wall into Monument Park, scoring Miguel Andujar with his 20th home run.
Andujar and Torres are the first pair of rookies in Yankees history to reach that mark.
Former Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui was honored before the game, presented with sterling silver cuff links in honor of his induction as the youngest member of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Looking sharp in a blue suit sans tie, the 2009 World Series MVP flashed a big smile and waved while receiving a warm ovation from the crowd.
SPEED IN SCRANTON
The Yankees signed outfielder Quintin Berry and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 33-year-old has stolen 29 bases in 132 big league games, most notably serving as a pinch-running specialist for world champion Boston in the 2013 postseason.
Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) homered on the first pitch he saw to kick off a rehab assignment with Triple-A. … RF Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) participated in baserunning and fielding drills Monday but has yet to swing a bat or throw a ball at full intensity. … SS Didi Gregorius (left heel contusion) hit off a tee and was expected to see a doctor Monday … LHP Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) is showing “a little bit of improvement” after receiving a platelet injection Friday, according to manager Aaron Boone.
White Sox: RHP James Shields (5-15, 4.59 ERA) has not won on the road since opening day at Kansas City, sporting a 6.13 ERA away from home during that span. The 13-year veteran is tied with Baltimore’s Alex Cobb for most losses in the majors.
Yankees: RHP Lance Lynn (8-9, 4.84 ERA) lost for the first time in five appearances since being acquired from Minnesota, allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings in Miami last week.
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