Carlos Rodon throws 20th no-hitter in White Sox history

Los Angeles (AFP) –

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Left-hander Carlos Rodon threw the 20th no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history on Wednesday, striking out seven batters in an 8-0 rout of the Cleveland Indians in the Windy City.

The 28-year-old American, who lost his bid for a perfect game with one out in the ninth inning, pitched a gem, but the Florida native also got some timely hits from his teammates and a clutch out by first baseman Jose Abreu early in the ninth to preserve the milestone.

The White Sox have the second most no-hitters in Major League Baseball history, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' 23.

Rodon flirted with a perfect game but a slider pitch got away from him and he hit Indian's batter Roberto Perez on the foot with a 1-2 count in the ninth inning. It would have been the fourth perfect game in White Sox history.

Rodon retired the first 25 batters he faced, throwing a total of 114 pitches in front of the pandemic-limited crowd of 7,100 at Guaranteed Rate Field stadium.

This was the second no-hitter of the young MLB season and the first for the White Sox since Lucas Giolito did it in August 2020 against Pittsburgh.

Rodon's no-hitter comes just five days after San Diego ace Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in Padres' history. Musgrove did it for his hometown team which had been the only MLB club without a no-hitter.

After hitting Perez on the foot, Rodon regrouped and struck out Taiwan's Chang Yu-cheng for the second out of the ninth. Jordan Luplow grounded out to third baseman Yoan Moncada to end the game and spark a wild celebration on the field.

"That was awesome. A full team effort," Rodon said. "I can't believe it. I can't."

A collective gasp filled the stadium on the first out in the ninth. Abreu recorded an unassisted out by lunging with his foot to touch the base just ahead of a sliding Josh Naylor, who tried to beat out a ground ball hit down the first base line.

"He kind of overwhelmed us," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When he's good, he gets stronger as the game goes on and you saw him touch 99 (mph) on pitch 110 and his breaking ball got better and he even threw some changeups.

"He got into a rhythm and just got stronger as the game went."

The White Sox exploded for six runs on seven hits in the opening inning against Cleveland starting pitcher Zach Plesac.