How it happened: It was a youth movement Tuesday as Trayce Thompson delivered his first career home run, Carlos Rodon struck out 11 batters and Tyler Saladino played spectacular defense and had a base hit of his own. Rodon delivered seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and one walk. Melky Cabrera got the White Sox on the board with a two-run double in the fourth inning. Angels starter and former White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago gave up three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
What it means: Thompson continues to look comfortable in his first stint in the major leagues. Making his second career start, and first in left field, Thompson took Santiago out to center field. His first major league home run is in addition to the 13 he hit earlier this season at Triple-A Charlotte. The second-round pick in 2009 hit as many as 24 home runs in 2011 at Class A Kannapolis.
Outside the box: Rodon walked the first batter he faced Tuesday and then did not give up another free pass. His 11 strikeouts and seven innings were season highs. His 11 strikeouts were also the most for a White Sox rookie pitcher since 1993, when Jason Bere struck out 12, also against the Angels. Rodon is the fourth White Sox rookie with multiple double-digit strikeout games in a season.
Off beat: The White Sox’s Jose Abreu gets hit with his fair share of pitches, but the one that got him Tuesday had to be new. Abreu was hit in the left side of his chest by a 92 mph fastball from Santiago in the fourth inning. The ball also glanced off his left hand after hitting his chest. Abreu took his base and then scored with ease from first on Cabrera’s double. It was the 13th time Abreu was hit by a pitch this season, second most in the American League to the Rays’ Brandon Guyer (17).
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (6-9, 4.79 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Angels will counter with left-hander Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.