White Sox Down Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are more concerned with building confidence for next season than this year’s results. Playing fundamentally sound, winning baseball against the major league’s second-best team is a good place to start.

Carlos Rodon pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Yoan Moncada doubled in two and surging Chicago beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Monday night for its 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.

“I think that they trust what they’re doing out there right now,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They’re having a lot of confidence playing the game. I think they’re trusting their instincts.”

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.

“This month has been refreshing for us, the way we’ve been playing,” Rodon said. “It’s something to look forward to and just try to carry it out the rest of the season, and transition that into spring training and into next season as well.”

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. Coming off a four-game sweep in Baltimore, the Yankees had won eight of nine and shaved 4 1/2 games off Boston’s lead in a span of eight days prior to Monday.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone thought his club was a little sluggish after playing a late game Sunday night.

“I think just coming off a road trip where you got day-night doubleheaders and you’re getting in in the middle of the night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

ASTROS 11

ATHLETICS 4

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and Tyler White homered and drove in four runs each, and the Houston Astros rallied for an win over the Oakland Athletics.

It was the sixth straight win for the first-place Astros, who moved to 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL West standings.

George Springer and Jose Altuve helped in the victory, driving in a run each during a five-run third inning that erased an early 4-0 deficit. This was the first game Springer, Altuve and Carlos Correa were in the lineup together since June 25. Springer, who pinch-hit Sunday, missed the previous five games with a quadriceps injury.

The Astros led by 1 with two on and one out in the eighth inning when Bregman, who tied a career high with four hits, sent a pitch from Lou Trivino just over the short fence in left field to push the lead to 8-4. White made it 11-4 with two outs in the inning when he launched a fastball from Emilio Pagan onto the train tracks atop left field for another three-run shot.

ORIOLES 7

BLUE JAYS 0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kendrys Morales took his cuts, and the ball didn’t go out of the park.

It happens all the time to the best players in the land. On this occasion, however, Morales’ homerless performance ended his attempt to make baseball history.

Morales had his home run streak snapped at seven games by the Baltimore Orioles, who ended an eight-game skid by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays.Striving to tie the major league record of homering in eight straight games, Morales went 0 for 3 with a walk and did not hit the ball out of the infield. In his final chance, he swung through a slider from Paul Fry to strike out in the eighth inning.

CUBS 7, METS 4

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched six innings, drove in two runs with a timely single off Noah Syndergaard and made two nice plays in the field, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets for their sixth consecutive victory.

Anthony Rizzo homered and Daniel Murphy reached three more times from the leadoff spot as NL-leading Chicago moved a season-high 24 games over .500 by improving to 5-0 against New York this year. Murphy, who began his career with the Mets, is batting .407 (11 for 27) in six games since he was acquired in a trade with Washington.

Lester was in line for his 15th win before Kevin Plawecki hit a solo homer off Steve Cishek (4-1) in the seventh, tying it at 4 on a warm and windy night at Wrigley Field. But the Cubs went ahead to stay with two runs in the bottom half, including Ben Zobrist’s tiebreaking double off Jerry Blevins (1-2).

NATIONALS 5

PHILLIES 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg made all the necessary adjustments.

The right-hander threw six effective innings, Matt Wieters hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Monday night.

Strasburg (7-7) gave up two runs and five hits, striking out five to rebound from a rough start against Philadelphia last week in his return from the disabled list.

“So many little things hitters try to pick, so you always have to look at the tendencies,” Strasburg said. “It was progress.”

The Phillies fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East after losing the opener for the seventh straight series. They’re 6-12 since Aug. 8 and have dropped five games in the standings during that span.

Zach Eflin (9-5) allowed five runs — three earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. His throwing error in the fourth cost him.

The Nationals had the bases loaded with one out that inning when Strasburg put a bunt down. Eflin picked it up barehanded and his underhand toss to the plate sailed high for an error, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Adam Eaton followed with a slow roller to the same spot and Eflin made the exact same play and got the out at home.

Trea Turner then knocked in another run on a bloop single that fell in because left fielder Rhys Hoskins broke back at first.

“We gave them additional outs and you can’t do that against this team,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Eaton greeted reliever Luis Avilan with an RBI double in the sixth to make it 5-2.

Hoskins crushed Ryan Madson’s first pitch in the eighth for his 27th homer.

Justin Miller tossed a perfect ninth for his first save in his first try in his 39th appearance.

“He comes in and brings so much energy on the mound,” Strasburg said. “The hard work pays off.”

Washington took two of three from the Phillies at home last week after trading Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and Matt Adams to the Cardinals.

Down 2-0 in the third, the Phillies tied it on an RBI triple by Roman Quinn and an RBI single by Cesar Hernandez. Strasburg struck out Asdrubal Cabrera swinging to strand runners at second and third.

Eflin retired the first two batters before Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto hit three straight singles in the first to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.

Wieters led off the second with his sixth homer to make it 2-0. He said he was using a new bat after realizing the one he used the past few games was cracked.

Strasburg allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings in Washington’s 8-7 win against Philadelphia last Wednesday.

“He was able to locate his fastball, throw a high fastball, and made corrections since the last start,” Wieters said.

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