Jose Abreu, White Sox offense gain win against Twins
Jul 24, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) celebrates the win over the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) at Target Field. The White Sox win 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
A three-run home run by Jose Abreu jump-started a big offensive night for the Chicago White Sox as they defeated the Minnesota Twins, 9-5 on Friday night, and in the process gained their 50th win of the season.
The first-inning three-run homer by Abreu was his 30th of the season. The homer by Abreu made him the third-fastest player to 30 home runs to begin a career, in what was his 89th game played.
The homer by Abreu also extended his consecutive hit streak to 15 games, finishing the night 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs.
Another offensive outburst was Dayan Viciedo, who went 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI.
In total, the White Sox finished with 17 hits, including a three-hit game by Tyler Flowers with one run and one RBI.
Also with multiple hits were Alexei Ramirez (a solo home run in the third), Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie. Eight of the nine starters in the game for the White Sox had at least one hit.
Besides the three-run first by the White Sox, they added two more runs in the third, two in the fourth, and one run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
The pitching of John Danks was on point for most of his outing, allowing three of his four earned runs in the sixth and seventh innings. For the game, Danks pitched seven innings, allowing the four earned runs on six hits and no walks. He struck out five to improve his overall record to 9-6 on the season.
Javy Guerra pitched a perfect inning of relief in the eighth, and Taylor Thompson allowed a single run in the ninth off three hits and no walks. Both Guerra and Thompson each had one strikeout.
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The loss was charged to Kevin Correia of Minnesota. He pitched four innings, which drops his overall record to 5-13 on the year.
This was a very solid offensive outing by the White Sox, even if it was against a struggling Twins team. A win like Friday by the White Sox shows the potential the franchise has in the future once they get all the pieces organized and on the MLB roster.
One day, this ball club will be a very dangerous team to face night in and night out.