Abreu powers White Sox over Tigers
The Sports Xchange
By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange
White Sox over Tigers DETROIT -- Jose Abreu appears to have the American League Rookie of the Year award locked up. The way he's hitting, he might add the Most Valuable Player award as well.
Abreu blasted his major-league-leading 31st home run and took over the major league lead in RBIs as the Chicago White Sox overpowered the Detroit Tigers 11-4 Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Abreu hit a two-run shot during a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst, and added a two-run double to lift his RBI total to 83. Earlier, the Chicago first baseman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a fourth-inning single. He had another 18-game streak from June 15-July 4.
Abreu's hits came against three different pitchers.
"He's one of the best players in the game," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who notched his 200th career victory. "That's a fact. Whether people put him in (the MVP conversation), I don't know. But I know he's up there with anybody that's running for it."
What makes the Cuban import's accomplishments all the more impressive is that he missed 15 games with an ankle injury.
"He's not (the Detroit Tigers' and reigning two-time AL MVP) Miguel Cabrera but he's got a chance to be something like that," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who had two hits and scored twice. "Every at-bat, every day, the way he works -- that's how I imagine Miguel works. And it seems like he's got just as much power and a similar kind of swing, too. He can drive the ball to right center like Cabrera and doesn't seem to get fooled too often. He's a complete hitter."
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run double and third baseman Conor Gillaspie supplied three hits, including two singles during the seventh when the White Sox (52-55) sent 12 men to the plate. Designated hitter Adam Dunn added a solo home run.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana (6-7) survived six shaky innings, giving up nine hits and walking two en route to the victory. Quintana received two or fewer runs of support in his last five starts.
"It's nice to get Quintana a couple of runs once in a while," Flowers said. "Hopefully, we didn't waste them all."
First baseman Victor Martinez had three hits and right fielder J.D. Martinez contributed an RBI triple for the Tigers (57-46), who lost their fourth game in a row.
Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-5) was knocked out of the game and recently acquired reliever Joakim Soria was clobbered during Chicago's big inning, which began with the score knotted at 2.
Gillaspie scored the go-ahead run on an error by left fielder Rajai Davis before Soria entered the game. Soria promptly gave up four consecutive hits, beginning with center fielder Adam Eaton's single that loaded the bases before Ramirez cleared them with his double. Abreu and Dunn followed with back-to-back home runs.
Soria surrendered four runs and six hits and only got one out.
"We certainly haven't seen the real Joakim Soria, especially this outing," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was missing out over the middle of the plate and they took advantage."
Abreu made it 11-2 with a double off reliever Ian Krol in the eighth.
Sanchez allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"I don't know what happened in that inning," Sanchez said. "I thought I threw some pretty good pitches."
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second. Designated hitter Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single, and he scored on J.D. Martinez's triple into the right field corner. A sacrifice fly by catcher Bryan Holaday brought home Martinez.
The White Sox tied it in the fourth. The rally featured three singles, including Gillaspie's run-scoring hit, and second baseman Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left the game in the bottom of the fourth due to lower-back tightness.
NOTES: Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos was a late scratch because of a right index finger contusion. Manager Brad Ausmus adjusted his lineup by inserting J.D. Martinez in right field and moving Miguel Cabrera from first base to third, Victor Martinez from designated hitter to first and Torii Hunter from right field to DH. ... White Sox RHP Matt Lindstrom threw a simulated game Tuesday as he works his way back from left ankle surgery. Lindstrom was the team's closer before he was injured May 19. ... The Tigers, who have played four fewer games than the White Sox, do not have another day off until Aug. 18. Detroit has just four off days the remainder of the season. ... The White Sox began the night 5-15 in their past 20 games at Detroit. ... Rock star Jack White threw out the first pitch.