White Sox’s Carlos Rodon throws no-hitter after losing perfect game in 9th inning

Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon pumps his fist after striking out Cleveland Indians' Yu Chang.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon pumps his fist after striking out Cleveland Indians’ Yu Chang to end the sixth inning on Wednesday in Chicago.
(David Banks / Associated Press)

Carlos Rodon threw the majors’ second no-hitter of the season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Working quickly in short sleeves with the top of his jersey unbuttoned on a cool Chicago night, Rodon threw 75 of his 114 pitches for strikes. The No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft out of North Carolina State struck out seven in his first career shutout and second complete game.

Rodon was perfect before he plunked Roberto Perez on his back foot with an 0-2 slider with one out in the ninth. An incredulous Rodon looked on in almost bewilderment as Perez made his way to first.


The left-hander regained his composure in time to strike out Yu Chang looking and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp grounder to third, kicking off a joyous celebration. The crowd of 7,148 cheered as Rodon (2-0) jumped around with his teammates near the mound, and then started handing out hugs.

It was the first no-hitter for the White Sox since Lucas Giolito on Aug. 25 last year against Pittsburgh and No. 20 in franchise history, second-most in major league history behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The closest call for Rodon and the White Sox occurred when Josh Naylor led off the ninth with a slow bouncer. First baseman Jose Abreu picked it up and got his toe on the bag just ahead of a sliding Naylor.

The call stood after a video review, delighting the bundled-up crowd.