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CHICAGO (AP) — After striking out three times Blake Swihart Jersey , Daniel Palka finally connected when it counted.Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, ght innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night.Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer to end Chicago’s three-game losing streak. His game-ending shot came on a high fastball after Palka was called out on strikes twice and fanned once.“When your night’s going like that, I feel like it’s just a lack of focus when it happens,” Palka said. “You’ve just got to lock it back in and keep on rolling.”It didn’t hurt that Ramirez grooved a 96 mph pitch.“They were getting me on some bad pitches to hit down, whether it was heaters or breaking balls early in the game,” Palka said “I just wanted something up in the zone.”Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox’s third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory.Rodon and Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber tossed crisp scoreless ball deep into the game. Each was relieved after 106 pitches.Rodon was sharp for a sixth straight start and has a 1.27 ERA in the span. The left-hander struck out five and walked two — both in the first and the only time Rodon allowed two baserunners in an inning — before being replaced by Xavier Cedeno to start the ninth.The hardest-hit balls off Rodon were doubles by Francisco Lindor in the third and Jose Ramirez in the sixth.“I feel pretty good,” Rodon said. “I might not have all my stuff, but it’s working.”And the 25-year-old lefty says he’s strong and pain-free after missing the first two months of the season following arthroscopic left shoulder surgery last September.“Just the confidence is there,” Rodon said “There’s no doubt in your mind when you go out and I step on the mound that I’m healthy and I’m coming to compete.”Bieber matched Rodon through 6 2/3 innings, yielding only three hits — including two doubles — while striking out eight and walking two in this first career start against the White Sox. The 23-year-old right-hander was replaced with two outs in the seventh by Oliver Perez.“It’s been nice, just another outing try to build off on,” Bieber said “There is a lot of room for improvement always, just to kind of feel my feet under me and try to build momentum has been nice.The White Sox managed two baserunners only once against Bieber, in the second with two outs.“He’s been so good in his career early on and in the minor leagues,” manager Terry Francona said. “He really hasn’t gotten up over 100 (pitches) very often. So today’s another step for him.”Yoan Moncada lined a double to the right-center wall to lead off the fifth, but didn’t advance as Bieber struck out Ryan LaMarre and Nicky Delmonico before getting Yolmer Sanchez to fly out.The White Sox used three relievers as they escaped a Cleveland threat in the ninth.Cedeno walked Melky Cabrera to lead off Rick Porcello Jersey , then Juan Minaya got Brandon Guyer to ground into a force at second. Yonder Alonso greeted Jace Fry with a single, but Fry struck out Jan Gomes and got Jason Kipnis to pop out.AL Central Leading Cleveland is 35-17 against division opponents.TRAINER’S ROOM:Indians: DH Edwin Encarnacion left the game in the third with left biceps discomfort and was replaced by Cabrera. He’ll be examined on Saturday. .. Francona had no update on OF Leonys Martin, who was placed on the 10-disabled list on Thursday with an unspecified illness that’s not baseball-related. Francona, however, hinted Martin’s condition could be serious. “What I would say, if you are into saying prayers and things like that, keep him in your thoughts,” Francona said. “He’s at the (Cleveland) Clinic and getting good care.” … RHP Josh Tomlin (strained right hamstring) and RHP Nick Goody (right elbow inflammation) threw bullpen sessions in Cleveland on Friday. Tomlin is expected to throw a rehab start at Triple-A Columbus on Monday and Goody will head to the Arizona League for a rehab assignment.White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said the team will know in the next couple of day if INF/OF Leury Garcia (left hamstring strain) will need a rehab stint. Garcia was injured on Sunday at Tampa Bay.UP NEXT: Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (11-6, 2.25) takes the mound against White Sox RHP James Shields (4-13, 4.50) on Saturday night. Bauer has won his last three starts, and is 4-0 in his last seven with a 1.76 ERA. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A surprising first half and a surge in early August had the Philadelphia Phillies in prime position to reach the postseason.Then they fell apart.Since completing a four-game sweep over the Miami Marlins on Aug. 5, the Phillies (74-71) are 11-23 and 0-10-1 in those series. They went from 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East to 7 1/2 games behind with only 17 games to play.Philadelphia was only one game behind the Cubs for best record in the National League before the tailspin began. Now, finishing with a winning mark will be a challenge.Manager Gabe Kapler’s positive approach hasn’t wavered, but even he can’t find a way to sugarcoat this collapse.“There’s no question that we can play better baseball,” Kapler said. “We are more talented and more prepared than the outcomes that we’re getting, the losses we’ve racked up recently.”So, what happened?“It’s not one thing,” Kapler said. “It’s a collection of many http://www.oriolesfanpros...j.-hardy-jersey , many things. And to try to boil it down to one thing doesn’t appreciate all the variables.”Here’s a start. The Phillies can’t hit, can’t protect leads and play poor defense.The team has the second-worst batting average (.237) in the majors, is 21st in runs and has third-highest strikeouts.The bullpen has blown four ninth-inning leads against the Washington Nationals alone, including a three-run lead in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night. The defense has committed 105 errors, tied for second most.Kapler, hitting coach John Mallee and assistant hitting coach Pedro Guerrero have preached patience at the plate.Based on their reliance on analytics, they’ve also placed more importance on hitting balls in the air. But most of the hitters are trending downward this season.Odubel Herrera has a career-high 21 homers, but career-worst average (.257) and on-base percentage (.313). Cesar Hernandez also has a career-high 11 homers, but a career-worst .256 average and his OBP is down to .361 from .371 last season. Nick Williams also has more homers (17) than he did as a rookie but in more at-bats. His average is down from .288 to .256.Rhys Hoskins (.252, 30 homers and 89 RBIs) has been streaky but overall is the team’s best hitter. Maikel Franco (.268, 22 homers, 67 RBIs) is the only player who has better overall numbers under the new coaching staff and he’s a player Kapler has tried to bench several times.Despite the hitting woes, Kapler stands by his coaches.“Those two are an incredible tandem,” he said. “They have done a tremendous job. I understand why a correlation with recent struggles would bring up questions about all sorts of things, but in this particular case, I think you’re talking about one of the better hitting coaches in John Mallee and a guy who has supported him in Pedro Guerrero that is off-the-charts good.”General manager Matt Klentak made several moves to try to bolster the offense before the trade deadline and afterward, acquiring All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera Adam Jones Jersey , first baseman Justin Bour and veteran slugger Jose Bautista. When healthy, Ramos has been the best hitter. Cabrera was an upgrade over Scott Kingery. Bour and Bautista are bench players.The Phillies pursued Manny Machado, but the Orioles traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers because Philadelphia wasn’t willing to part with top prospects. Expect the Phillies to go hard after Machado and Bryce Harper in free agency after the season.Machado wouldn’t have made that much of a difference this season. Cabrera has five homers and 17 RBIs in 41 games for the Phillies. Machado has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 49 games for the Dodgers.Klentak added a couple of relievers who haven’t made an impact and passed on acquiring starting pitchers such as Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ to complement NL Cy Young contender Aaron Nola. Hamels has been excellent for the Cubs, going 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA in eight starts.Chicago is 6-2 in those games. Hamels could’ve replaced Nick Pivetta or Vince Velasquez in the rotation. The Phillies are 3-5 in each of their starts in that span. So, it wouldn’t have made enough of a difference.Coming off five straight losing seasons, the Phillies weren’t expected to contend this season. The goal was to have Kapler instill a positive attitude, change the losing culture, develop young talent and find out which players will be part of the nucleus going forward.With plenty of money to spend, Klentak gave Carlos Santana a $60-million, three-year contract and former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta a $75-million, three-year deal in mid-March when he was still available.Santana is only batting .229, but he has a .350 on-base percentage with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. Arrieta is 10-9 with a 3.66 ERA and has failed to step up when needed most. His ERA and WHIP have risen each season since 2015 and his strikeout totals are down each year.The Phillies aren’t ready to start looking ahead to the offseason. They were seven games behind the Mets with 17 to play in 2007 and came back to win the first of five straight division titles.But this team doesn’t have Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell.“It’s not over until we’re eliminated,” Arrieta said.
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