Rodon, Eaton lead White Sox past Mariners, 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) — On a night they had an unconventional look, the Chicago White Sox got a strong game from one of their more unconventional players.
Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs to help Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Thursday night.
Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning and Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson had RBI doubles for the White Sox, who wore throwback uniforms that debuted in 1976 and included white wide-collared untucked jerseys paired with navy blue pants and white socks.
″(Eaton) probably wants to wear these all the time,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “Getting on base, he was dirty, running around. I thought he looked great, too. This probably fits him more than anybody else of how it looks.”
Eaton reached base four times and his three runs were a season high, despite wearing uniforms he would’ve preferred to tuck in.
“We had to go authentic, so we weren’t able to tuck them in,” Eaton said. “But if we were able to tuck them in, I’d wear them again. Untucked, I’m sorry.”
Thompson had two hits and Avisail Garcia added two RBIs for the White Sox, who had lost three of their previous four.
Rodon (6-5) left after giving up a two-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez. He was charged with both runs and three hits while striking out five and walking three in six-plus innings. He came in 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA during his previous three starts.
“You just need some time to get comfortable and get used to the surroundings and hitters and just the atmosphere and everything,” Rodon said.
After Rodon left, Mark Trumbo singled and Seth Smith doubled but Zach Duke struck out Brad Miller and Mike Zunino before getting Ketel Marte to fly out to center.
Seattle also had a chance in the eighth after getting runners to second and third with two outs, but Trumbo grounded out to second.
“We had opportunities throughout the game and didn’t take advantage,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.
David Robertson got the last three outs for his 27th save in 33 chances.
Roenis Elias (4-7) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for Seattle. Making his first start since July 2, Elias remained winless since beating Houston on June 19.
“First two innings there was a couple of hiccups with his spots but other than that once he got in his groove he was great,” Zunino said.
Kyle Seager didn’t start but pinch-hit for Zunino and grounded out to end the game. Seager entered the day hitting .196 in August and is expected to return to the lineup Friday.
Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 and extended his streak of getting on base to 37 games with a third-inning single. The streak is the American League’s longest this year.
Seattle snapped a two-game win streak in the opener of a 10-game, 11-day road trip while wearing its standard uniforms.
Chicago OF Melky Cabrera helped retire Cruz twice in the first three innings. In the first, he leaped to snag a Cruz liner, and in the third he threw out Cruz at second as he tried to stretch a single into a double.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left middle finger) is expected to make his next rehab start Friday at Triple-A Tacoma. ... DH Jesus Montero fouled a pitch off his midsection in the fifth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh but said he was OK after the game.
White Sox: Eaton was hit in the back in the fifth but stayed in the game.
Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.72) faces Chicago LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) in the second game of this series. Walker is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA since his one-hitter July 31 at Minnesota, while Danks is coming off an Aug. 23 loss to Seattle when he allowed seven runs and eight hits over five innings.