October 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Hector Noesi allowed one run over six innings to earn his first win after 14 straight career losing decisions, and Jose Abreu hit his second homer in two nights since coming off the disabled list as the visiting White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Tuesday.
Noesi (1-4), a late-April waiver claim turned into a Sox starter gave up one run over six innings, has been a serviceable piece in the rotation with five consecutive starts of six innings or more. He has allowed five runs over his last three starts.
Abreu hit his 17th homer, a two-run shot near the 330-foot sign near the left field foul pole, against Dan Haren (5-4) in the first inning to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Gordon Beckham, who nearly missed a home run with a blast off the top of the left-center field wall, was on second with a double.
After Abreu knocked in the Sox’ third run on a forceout grounder to third in the third inning, Tyler Flowers hit his fifth homer, a two-out solo shot in the fourth to give the Sox (30-30) a 4-1 lead.
Noesi was 0-14 with a 6.75 ERA over his last 39 appearances (18 starts). He was 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA over his six starts for the Sox.
Scott Downs retired both batters he faced in the seventh, Zach Putnam pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to rescue Jake Petricka (two walks) and former Dodger Ronald Belisario pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.