Carlos Rodon’s September struggles continue in the White Sox loss to the Indians

CLEVELAND – In August, his performance was one of the highlights of a second rebuilding season for the White Sox.

That’s when Carlos Rodon had a 3-0 record with a 1.80 ERA, allowing just seven earned runs in 35 innings of work. But that seems like a bit of a memory as September has arrived, with the starter struggling with a 5.29 ERA coming into his start against the Indians on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better.

Cleveland, who has already clinched the American League Central division title, got to Rodon for five earned runs in seven innings en route to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field. It drops his record to 6-6 on the season after he was 5-0 in July and August combined.

The starter was efficient, getting through the seventh with just 84 pitches. But walks to three batters and hitting two others was apart of an inconsistent effort in which he had just one strikeout.

His struggles began in the second when Melky Cabrera followed a walk with an RBI double to make it 1-0. After hittingĀ  Yonder Alonzo with a pitch, Yan Gomes single plated another run to make it 2-0, but Rodon settled downed to keep the Indians off the scoreboard the next two innings.

Jason Kipnis broke up that stretch with a leadoff homer in the fifth and later Yandy Diaz added a two-run hit to make it 5-0.

Daniel Palka and Omar Narvaez got two of the runs back on solo homers in the fifth and Yolmer Sanchez’s double made it 5-3, but the White Sox would get no closer as another start in September doesn’t work out for Rodon like it did over the summer.