CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease struck out a season-best nine in his first career shutout, Yoán Moncada and Yermín Mercedes homered, and the Chicago White Sox completed a doubleheader sweep of the slumping Detroit Tigers with an 11-0 win Thursday night.
José Abreu and Leury García each drove in two to help doom the AL-worst Tigers to their 12th loss in 14 games. Chicago has won six of seven.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (2-3) left after facing seven batters because of left knee tendonitis. With the score 0-0, the 30-year-old left-hander walked Yasmani Grandal leading off the second and gave up a double to Andrew Vaughn on his 36th pitch, a drive to the gap in left-center.
Boyd signaled to the dugout with a 1-1 count to Leury García, and manager A.J. Hinch and an athletic trainer went to the mound. Boyd then left the game.
Michael Fulmer came on and surrendered three RBI singles, including Abreu’s two-run hit.
Cease (1-0), who hadn’t made it through five innings in his first four starts, cruised from there. He retired his final 17 batters and finished with three hits and no walks allowed in a seven-inning game. Detroit batters struck out 21 times and managed just one extra-base hit in the twinbill.
“I’m 99 percent sure this is my first one,” Cease said of the shutout. “Anytime you can save the bullpen like that, it’s huge.”
Moncada hit a three-run homer and Mercedes added a solo shot in the seven-run seventh off reliever Alex Lange. García had a two-run single off Derek Holland to open the scoring in the inning.
García finished the day 4 for 6 with five RBIs.
“Having a day like today is something good,” García said through an interpreter. “Definitely a good motivation to keep coming back tomorrow and hopefully the rest of the season.”
Carlos Rodón struck out a career-high 12 in six innings of the opener, a 3-1 victory. Rodón (4-0) made his first home start since pitching a no-hitter against Cleveland on April 14. He allowed two hits and walked one, and his ERA rose from 0.48 to 0.72.
Rodón struck out seven of his first nine batters, including five straight. He has 30 strikeouts in 25 innings this season.
“I consider myself a rhythm guy on the mound and when I get in a groove I feel a lot better,” said Rodón, who finished April holding opposing batters to a .085 average (7 for 82). “Right now we’re just doing it right, I guess.”
Liam Hendriks got three straight outs for his fifth save in seven chances. The doubleheader was caused by a rainout Wednesday.
Casey Mize (1-3) lost his third straight start, giving up three runs, four hits and three walks in six innings. Detroit has lost six of seven, dropping to a major league worst 8-17.
Chicago’s first three batters reached on the fifth on a single and two walks. Billy Hamilton hit a tying groundout, and García hit the next pitch for a two-run single.