Jose Abreu, White Sox snap losing streak


May 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) hits a three run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Coliseum. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t the prettiest of games for the Chicago White Sox, but it was nice to see the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak, defeating the Oakland Athletics by a 4-2 score Wednesday in their series finale.

Again, the White Sox had to rely on some late inning heroics from Jose Abreu, but his three-run homer run in the eighth inning was enough to give the White Sox their 20th win of the season.

No matter how bad this team seems to play, for the most part Abreu has been there to turn the tide of the game more often than naught.

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Both teams began the day with lead-off solo home runs by Gordon Beckham and John Jaso, but Oakland added a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Then came the three-run bomb by Abreu, his 15th home run of the season.

This series as a whole wasn’t fun, but at least the White Sox didn’t get swept, and they didn’t extend their losing streak to five games either.

As for Beckham, he continued to play some good baseball, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Conor Gillaspie was also 3-for-4 with one run.

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In all the White Sox tallied nine hits, as Dayan Viciedo and Moises Sierra each had a hit.

The White Sox did have five runners stranded, but their one hit with RISP was the one they’ve been waiting for this entire series, and it lifted them to a win.

We have to give props to Andre Rienzo for his quality start. In 6.1 innings, he allowed just two hits (both solo home runs) and two earned runs. He walked two and struck out four.

Ronald Belisario was the winning pitcher, and Matt Lindstrom earned his sixth save of the season.

I’m just pleased they got the win today, and with an off day tomorrow, maybe a visit to the Houston Astros is what they need to right the ship back to the .500 mark.

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