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Abreu, Dunn power White Sox; Giants lose fifth straight

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- White Sox rookie Jose Abreu just keeps slugging, regardless of the pedigree of the pitcher he's facing.

Abreu hit his 20th home run and Adam Dunn added a three-run shot as Chicago beat San Francisco 7-6 on Wednesday, handing the Giants their fifth consecutive loss.

Abreu reached 20 home runs in his 58th game, the third fewest in major league history behind Wally Berger (51 games) and Mark McGwire (56 games).

The Cuban first baseman lined an 0-2 offspeed pitch from three-time All-Star Tim Hudson deep into the left-field bullpen for a two-run homer in the first inning.

He has also connected off Cy Young Award winners David Price, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander so far this year.

"We're happy with what he's doing," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's getting some hits and important RBIs against some great pitchers, so that's a good sign."

Abreu didn't know his 20th home run moved him into elite company.

"I wasn't aware of this happening, but it's a great thing and I welcome it," the 27-year-old said through a translator. "I'm just going to continue to help the team win, and that's what it's all about right now."

White Sox ace Chris Sale (6-1) labored, giving up three runs and eight hits through six-plus innings. The left-hander allowed 11 baserunners and at least one in all but one inning, but he walked only one and struck out seven.

"I was good, but my fastball command was a little shaky," Sale said. "I really had to battle through it."

"Obviously, you know you've got your hands full with Hudson on the other side over there. He's been nothing short of dominant all year," he said.

Hudson (7-3) struggled in his shortest start of the year, permitting seven runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He entered the game with an MLB-leading 1.81 ERA.

"You score six runs on a day I pitch, we should win these games," Hudson said "For me, that's the frustrating part."

"Giving up seven runs with a pitcher like they put out there in Sale, that's a tough hole to put those guys in."

Ronald Belisario pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his seventh save.

San Francisco has allowed 35 runs in its past five games, and 53 in losing eight of its past nine.

"You get the hitting, the pitchers, they have their moments," manager Bruce Bochy said "That's what really puts you in a losing streak, but the only way you get out of it, hey, you focus forward and keep going hard."

Tyler Flowers singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the fourth to drive in two runs and extend Chicago's lead to 4-0.

The Giants cut it to 4-2 in the fifth when Buster Posey singled in a run and Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly. Dunn's home run to right against Hudson with no outs in the bottom of the inning put Chicago up 7-2.

Sale was replaced by Jake Petricka with none out in the seventh after Juan Perez singled and Gregor Blanco walked. The Giants loaded the bases, but got only one run, on Posey's sacrifice fly to make it 7-3.

Blanco doubled in a run and Hunter Pence drove in another with a grounder off Zach Putnam. The Giants added their final run in the ninth on Tyler Colvin's sacrifice fly.

Notes

Dunn's home run was his 452nd, tying him for 35th with Carl Yastrzemski. ... Sale made his first career start against San Francisco. He hit two batters in the game after hitting only one all season. ... The game started 12 minutes late because of rain. ... Giants OF Angel Pagan (lower back) was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game and is listed as day-to-day. ... Posey was back behind the plate. He was at DH on Tuesday night after taking a foul off mask on Sunday. ... The White Sox open an 11-game road trip on Thursday night at Minnesota. Chicago's Jose Quintana (3-7) is scheduled to face Minnesota's Yohan Pino, who will make his MLB debut. ... The Giants' next game is at Arizona on Friday. Tim Lincecum (5-4) will face Josh Collmenter (4-4).

 
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Jose Abreu (left) keeps on crushing, and Adam Dunn adds another home run to foil the reeling Giants.  (USATSI)
Jose Abreu (left) keeps on crushing, and Adam Dunn adds another home run to foil the reeling Giants. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

G. Blanco
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, LF-CF4131110 .263
Hunter Pence, RF5121011 .301
Buster Posey, C-1B3022001 .276
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4121014 .265
Michael Morse, DH4010024 .289
Joaquin Arias, 1B3010001 .183
   a-Hector Sanchez, PH-C2000015 .215
Brandon Hicks, 2B3000022 .172
   b-Tyler Colvin, PH-LF1001010 .260
Ehire Adrianza, SS-2B5120002 .206
Juan Perez, CF3110011 .158
   c-Brandon Crawford, PH-SS0100100 .257
Tim Hudson, P0000000 .069
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals376146210  
a-flied out for Arias in the 7th
b-struck out for Hicks in the 8th
c-walked for Perez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregor Blanco (3, Downs), Pablo Sandoval (13, Belisario)
SF - Buster Posey (6), Pablo Sandoval (4), Tyler Colvin (1)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (15), Hunter Pence (28), Buster Posey 2 (35), Pablo Sandoval (30), Tyler Colvin (10)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Adrianza-Hicks-Arias
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,7-3) 4.21277102 2.39
Juan Gutierrez 1.1000000 3.55
Santiago Casilla 2000010 1.27
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 83-54, Juan Gutierrez 13-11, Santiago Casilla 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-5, Santiago Casilla 2-3
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 26, Juan Gutierrez 4, Santiago Casilla 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4010000 .272
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000003 .277
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4220000 .337
Jose Abreu, 1B4222001 .269
Adam Dunn, DH3213110 .238
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010001 .309
Dayan Viciedo, RF4110001 .248
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000 .187
Alejandro De Aza, LF4030000 .207
Tyler Flowers, C4012002 .247
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals35712711  
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (8, Hudson), Conor Gillaspie (17, Hudson), Alejandro De Aza (10, Hudson)
3B - Alejandro De Aza (2, Hudson)
HR - Jose Abreu (20, Hudson), Adam Dunn (12, Hudson)
RBI - Jose Abreu 2 (53), Adam Dunn 3 (33), Tyler Flowers 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Abreu 2 (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (W,6-1) 6833170 2.20
Jake Petricka 1200010 1.96
Zach Putnam 0.1122110 2.03
Scott Downs 0100000 5.48
Ronald Belisario (S,7) 1.2211010 4.79
HBP - Posey (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 111-71, Jake Petricka 20-14, Zach Putnam 15-9, Scott Downs 3-2, Ronald Belisario 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 4-6, Ronald Belisario 2-2
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 28, Jake Petricka 5, Zach Putnam 3, Scott Downs 1, Ronald Belisario 7
Game Information
Attendance - 20059
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Bill Miller