Tigers rout White Sox 10-3


Chicago White Sox center fielder J.B. Shuck can’t hang on to the fly ball hit by Detroit Tigers’ James McCann for a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 3, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit’s J.D. Martinez scored on the single but Shuck managed to throw out Mike Aviles trying to score from first base. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT — James McCann and Victor Martinez went deep early against left-hander Carlos Rodon, and Martinez and Miguel Cabrera put things out of reach late as the Detroit Tigers’ rolled to a 10-3 victory Friday against the short-handed White Sox at Comerica Park.

Rodon (2-5, 4.41) settled in to retire nine straight batters after Martinez hit his ninth homer in the third to make it 3-1, and the Sox got to within a run on Jose Abreu’s RBI double against Jordan Zimmerman (8-2, 2.58) in the sixth. But two walks by Rodon and center fielder J.B. Shuck’s late jump on short fly in the sixth made it 4-2 before the Tigers put it out of reach against seldom-used pitchers, pushing across two runs against Tommy Kahnle in the seventh and four more against left-hander Matt Purke in the eighth.

Kahnle was called up Friday after left fielder Melky Cabrera was placed on the Emergency Leave List to tend to a family medial matter. The Sox brought up a pitcher because relievers David Robertson, Nate Jones and Matt Albers each pitched two innings in the Sox’ 2-1 win over the Mets in 13 innings Wednesday.

“You start looking at everybody’s usage,” manager Robin Ventura said. “The game in New York really did a number on guys as far as how many days in a row plus they were going two innings. They needed today. You had to find a way to get through it.”

Kahnle threw 38 pitches in the seventh inning when the Tigers padded the lead on RBI singles by Cabrera and Martinez. Cabrera left the game after he reached third base with lower back stiffness and is day to day.

Shuck was in center because former Tiger Austin Jackson missed a fourth straight day with a sore foot.

The Sox (29-26) saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-5 on their current road trip. They have lost eight of the last 10 and 16 of 22. This loss was their first by more than four runs since they lost to the Orioles by a 10-2 score on April 28.

Rodon pitched six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five.

“It seems early on in the game his adrenaline is pumping pretty good, and sometimes he tends to overthrow,” Sox catcher Alex Avila said. “That leads to his wildness a little bit. He’s got great stuff, but he has to be able to command it. After the first couple of innings is usually when he starts to settle down.”

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