MLB roundup: Rodon, White Sox keep rolling

ASSOCIATED PRESS The Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Villar, right, beats a throw to Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis as he steals second in the third inning on Monday in Baltimore.

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Yoan Moncada doubled in two and the surging Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees, 6-2, on Monday night for their 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.

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.

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.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kendrys Morales had his home run streak snapped at seven games by Baltimore, who ended an eight-game skid by defeating the 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, the Toronto slugger swung through a slider from Paul Fry to strike out in the eighth inning.

Though he failed to match the mark shared by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr., Morales owns the big league record for successive games with a home run by a switch-hitter. He also owns the franchise record for consecutive games with a long ball.

Facing Baltimore rookie David Hess, against whom he homered last week, Morales struck out in the first inning, grounded out in the fourth and drew a four-pitch walk in the sixth.

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