Jose Abreu hits 2 more HRs in White Sox’ win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 10, 2014 10:02PM
Updated: April 10, 2014 11:59PM
Jose Abreu hit two more home runs, Alexei Ramirez added to his league-leading hits total with a homer and a two-run double, and the White Sox’ bullpen finally came through with a flawless performance in a 7-3 victory Thursday night against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.
On a day that began with the distressing news that Avisail Garcia would need season-ending surgery, the Sox stopped a 14-game losing streak against the Indians, who were 17-2 against the Sox last year.
“It’s sad and it’s difficult, especially because we had a really good relationship,’’ Abreu, speaking through a translator, said of Garcia. “These are things that life throws at you and we are not expecting.’’
Abreu homered twice in his first three at-bats, the first to center field against Danny Salazar and the second to left against left-hander Josh Outman. With two homers in Denver on Tuesday, Abreu became the first Sox player with multihomer games in his first 10 games. He also drove in the Sox’ seventh run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning for his third RBI and 14th of the season — the most RBI by a Sox player in his first 10 games since Ron Kittle did it in 1983.
“He’s just really good,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s the simple fact — he’s a good hitter.’’
Ramirez, historically a slow starter, leads the American League with 16 hits. He hit his second homer leading off the third inning and drove in two runs with a double in the fourth. Ramirez hit his second homer of 2013 in his 113th game.
John Danks turned a 6-3 lead over to rookie right-hander Daniel Webb, who pitched two perfect innings. Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect ninth, marking only the third time this year the bullpen did not allow a run.
Danks allowed two walks and six hits, including a leadoff homer to Asdrubal Cabrera in the third inning.
“Me and [Chris Sale] were talking, we want to go thank [general manager] Rick [Hahn] for signing Abreu,’’ Danks said. “He’s fun to watch, and it’s scary, but he’s only going to get better.’’