- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Johnny Cueto got the Cincinnati Reds off to a nice start on Saturday. Jason Marquis had a more difficult time in the second game of the day.

Marquis was tagged for five runs and 10 hits before he was pulled with two outs in the sixth, and the Reds went on to an 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox and a split of their traditional doubleheader.

“Just didn’t do a very good job of keeping the ball down in the zone tonight,” said Marquis, who had won his last three starts. “They did a good job of hitting the mistakes.”

Cincinnati scored seven runs in the ninth inning of a 10-4 victory in the opener, but the offense didn’t carry over to the second game. Joey Votto went 3 for 4 with two RBIs after he missed the first game due to a suspension for making contact with an umpire, but the rest of the Reds had just three hits in the nightcap.

Cueto kicked off Cincinnati’s first road series against the White Sox in 14 years with his longest start of the season. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits in 8 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

“(I) felt great,” Cueto said through a translator. “(I) felt good all the way until the last part.”

Cueto (3-3) was working on a four-hitter before Jose Abreu opened Chicago’s three-run ninth with a 441-foot drive to left. J.J. Hoover got the final two outs.

“He didn’t pitch real well in the ninth inning, but he’s that guy that comes out of so many close games that when you get a chance to give him an opportunity to complete a game I like to do that,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said.

White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (1-0) pitched six solid innings for his first major league win in the second game. The No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft allowed two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

It also was Rodon’s first career start after three relief appearances. He is expected to become a fixture in Chicago’s rotation, but he could be headed back to the bullpen with the White Sox keeping a close watch on his innings this year.

“Felt real comfortable,” said Rodon, one of the majors’ top prospects. “Just the same old thing, different ballgame.”

Alexei Ramirez connected in each game for Chicago, including a solo drive in the opener for career homer No. 100. He went 5 for 8 with four RBIs for the day, raising his batting average from .202 to .237.

“Hopefully, this is a good sign to turn the corner for him,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Everybody’s frustrated that’s got a low average right now and it’s not getting done offensively. But these guys, they stick together and it’ll get better.”

Skip Schumaker had three hits and two RBIs for Cincinnati in the opener, and Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in the ninth. Byrd, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena had two hits apiece.

The White Sox lost right-hander Hector Noesi to a bruised lower back in the second inning. Noesi was hit by a two-out comebacker off the bat of Billy Hamilton and departed after trying a couple of warmup pitches.

“When I was throwing, I feel a little tight so I didn’t want to stay there because something worse could happen,” Noesi said.

Scott Carroll (0-1) came in and allowed three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. There was no score before the Reds pushed across two runs in the sixth, and Byrd’s sixth homer was the big blow in the ninth.

Ramirez’s second homer of the season got Rodon a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the second game. After Votto’s two-run single tied it at 2, Beckham put the White Sox ahead to stay with an RBI single off Marquis (3-2) in the fourth.

“Just some elevation mistakes,” Price said of Marquis. “Was behind a little bit more than he’s used to. Had to pitch himself back into some counts and got the ball up and they squared some up.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: SS Zack Cozart started each game after missing three games with left wrist and right hand injuries.

White Sox: Abreu was shaken up after he fouled a ball off his lower left leg in the first inning of the opener, but stayed in and also started the second game.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27 ERA) goes for his second straight win in his third major league start in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. He will be opposed by LHP John Danks (1-3, 6.20 ERA), who was knocked out in the third inning of a 13-3 loss at Minnesota in his previous start.

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