Jose Abreu homers; White Sox win over Tigers


May 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Abreu homered and the Chicago White Sox ended their three-game losing streak by defeating the Detroit Tigers, 6-5 Monday in their return to US Cellualr Field following a six-game road trip.

The White Sox (32-33) totaled 11 hits and forced three walks. Of the 11 hits, the top four batters in the order combined for nine of those hits, Gordon Beckham going 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

Adam Eaton, Conor Gillaspie and Abreu each had two hits. Abreu went 2-for-4 with with one run and two RBIs, with his home run going for two RBIs. For the season, Abreu has 18 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Apr 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie (12) during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Chicago defeats Cleveland 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

One of Eaton’s hits went for three bases and even Adam Dunn hit a double, as did Abreu. Also with a hit for the White Sox was Alejandro De Aza.

For Abreu, he entered this game by going 0-for-8 in his past two games.

The win went to Hector Noesi who pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out five and allowed three home runs. So, even though technically he was the winning pitcher, he really didn’t have a “winning” performance.

The bullpen of the White Sox pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one earned run and three hits.

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What bailed out Noesi (2-4) was the pitching of Rick Porcello by the Detroit starter. Porcello (8-4) pitched five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck out four and allowed one home run.

It wasn’t a great win by the White Sox, but a win was a win, especially when they were swept over the weekend in three straight games.

What was really good to see was the top four batters of the lineup hit like they did.

With Eaton going 2-for-5 with the one run and one RBI, that was a positive, but he struck out just once, and that is what I think all of us like to see.

Beckham … I believe he’s finally reaching that first round potential and Gillaspie was productive as well.

Then there is Abreu, and if he can continue to hit home runs with runners on the bases, good things and wins will continue to happen.