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Rodon's ascendance continues as Sox whip KC

September 9 vs. Royals

Toon Squad Update:
Foghorn Leghorn
I say, I say, isn't this season over yet, son?

Short Take: Sox play spoilers for KC playoff pipe dream.

Carlos Rodon continued his climb from mediocrity to possible respectability, picking up his fifth win over his last six starts, in which his ERA is just under 2.00. The Sox won 7-2, putting a crimp in Kansas City's faint postseason hopes.

Facing off against Royals starter Yordano Ventura, Rodon gave up just one earned run in six innings. In the first he quickly fell behind by two runs, one of which was unearned due to catcher's interference on Omar Narvaez. Carlos shook it off and spaced six hits while shutting the Royals down before being lifted for -- shudder -- Chris Beck, who got an out in the sixth before walking Lorenzo Cain. Exit Beck and enter Dan Jennings, who shut them down for an inning and two-thirds.

Kansas City's Ventura lasted seven innings but gave back a run in the first (Melky Cabrera SAC fly after Adam Eaton's double) and survived without a run in the second despite flinging not one but two wild pitches. So he looked "gettable" when Tyler Saladino led off the second with a double and stole third before scoring on a single by Tim Anderson to tie it at 2-2. Anderson in turn stole second and advanced when the throw skidded into centerfield. Jose Abreu brought him in with an infield single for his 89th RBI. In the fifth, Eaton doubled again and scored again on a single by Cabrera, who came in after singles by Abreu and Morneau, taking it to 5-2. Two insurance runs on a Tyler Saladino single in the eighth made for a fairly uneventful ninth pitched by Tom Kahnle.

Rodon struck out nine and is thriving as the season winds down. On this night, he was more resilient than his counterpart Ventura, who didn't survive a number of seeing-eye hits. Though Rodon left before the seventh inning, he gutted out a bases-loaded jam by throwing his 116th and final pitch past Paulo Orlando, who struck out swinging to end the top of the sixth. Every game is a must-win for these chasing-the-wild-card Royals, so it was good to see our playing-out-the-string Sox stick it to them.

That's all folks: Halfway to St. Pat's, and fortunately way more than halfway to the off-season.

submitted by Vernam.

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