CLEVELAND -- For 5 1/3 innings of his 6 1/3-inning start during the White Sox 6-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday, Carlos Rodon allowed three singles and no runs. But it was one inning, the second to be exact, which did in Rodon in his third start of the season and second straight against the Indians.
After cruising through a perfect first inning, Rodon yielded four runs on two hits and two walks in the second. Edwin Encarnacion walked on four pitches to start the frame and Brandon Guyer was then hit by a pitch. Yonder Alonso singled home the first run, and a walk issued to Yan Gomes loaded the bases with still nobody out.
Rodon's wild pitch with one out brought home a run, and Francisco Lindor dropped a two-out single into right-center field to score two more. For the night, Rodon yielded the four earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He retired 11 of the last 12 hitters faced, but the White Sox lost their sixth straight, with three of those defeats coming against the Indians and three to the Tigers.
"Yeah, that second inning didn't start off too well," said Rodon, who threw 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes. "You want to come back and have a shutdown inning after we score a run, but it just didn't end up that way. I kind of lost command. I have to find a way to get back in the zone and get through that inning without them scoring a run, especially four.
"After that, I've just got to go deep in the game and try to save the bullpen. Luckily, [catcher] Omar [Narvaez] and I jived well at the end there."
Rodon threw 27 sliders, according to Statcast™, getting six swinging strikes and two called strikes on the pitch. He threw just seven changeups, with one called strike.
"The changeup was kind of nonexistent," Rodon said. "That would have helped out if we had it. The slider kind of showed up, and I found the strike zone a little bit, got some good swings and misses on it.
"Physically, I feel healthy. Start to start, I'm feeling good. My arm feels good right now, so that's good. Like I said, just got to be better."
The White Sox offense did very little against Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger for a second straight start. The South Siders actually scored the game's first run when Yoan Moncada doubled and scored on Jose Abreu's single to right field in the first, but they advanced one other runner as far as second base until Clevinger walked two in the eighth.
Indians closer Cody Allen entered the game in the ninth after Moncada's two-run double off of Zach McAllister, and a two-out fielding error by second baseman Erik Gonzalez brought the tying run to the plate. But Abreu flew out to right field to end the game.
Charlie Tilson had a career-high three hits for the White Sox, while Moncada's two doubles raised his average to .230.
"Today's at-bats were much improved," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Moncada. "They've been really working hard. I did like it."
Rodon's 6 1/3 innings are a season high, including his rehab starts as he worked back from season-ending shoulder surgery last September.
"His stuff is so good. His breaking ball, his slider, is so good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "In the inning we had the four, I thought our guys did a really good job. He was fighting his command, but I thought we earned some of the fastballs we got to. Laying off some of those breaking balls isn't very easy to do."
Moncada struck out twice in Tuesday's loss, giving him 100 for the season. He ranks second in the Majors in that dubious category, trailing Joey Gallo's 109.
HE SAID IT
"Look, when you lose, you're never satisfied. You're just not. Once again, it's good I went into the seventh, but that second inning really hurts. You can't hurt yourself. That's two starts in a row where it seems like I hurt myself walking guys. You've just got to get ahead [in the count], and that stuff can't happen." -- Rodon
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Abreu was ruled to have hit his 12th home run of the season with one out in the third, but that drive down the left-field line underwent a crew chief review after Francona talked with second-base umpire Ted Barrett. Video replay quickly showed the ball was foul, overturning the call, and Abreu struck out on a 2-2 curveball from Clevinger.
Reynaldo Lopez will take the mound for Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Progressive Field in this battle of staff aces with the Indians' Corey Kluber. Lopez is 1-3 with a 4.36 ERA over eight road starts this season, including a 9-1 loss in Cleveland on May 30 against Kluber, but the White Sox right-hander has thrived in June with a 1.86 ERA through three outings. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. CT.