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Abreu blasts 29th HR, leads White Sox past Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has already done a lot of damage in the first half of his rookie season.

He kept on going Saturday in Chicago's 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th homer, a two-run shot that helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak.

"He's good," his manager Robin Ventura said. "I'm glad he's on our side."

Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a drive off Zach McAllister (3-5). The homer cleared the fence in right field and landed in the White Sox bullpen for Chicago's first hit.

After White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, another member of the All-Star team, left the game with a stiff back following a leadoff walk in the fourth. Abreu homered on the next pitch.

Ramirez said he doesn't think his back will prevent him from playing in Tuesday's game in Minnesota.

Abreu is batting .287 with 73 RBIs, good for second in the league.

"I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far in the first half," he said through a translator. "I'm very happy to participate in the All-Star game. It's definitely an honor."

Abreu is 7 for 35 with five homers and 15 strikeouts against the Indians.

"Abreu is obviously a very dangerous hitter," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's probably the understatement of the year."

All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the eighth for Cleveland.

Scott Carroll (4-5) held the Indians to two hits in five shutout innings before being pulled because of a stiff lower back.

"I felt it a couple of innings before that," he said. "It really kind of hit me in the fifth. I tried to stay out there as long as I could."

The rookie right-hander has won two straight starts, in which he hasn't allowed a run over 11 2-3 innings. Carroll allowed one hit over 6 2-3 innings in Monday's 4-0 victory at Boston. He was 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous six starts.

Gordon Beckham broke a 1-for-32 skid with a two-run double during a three-run ninth. Indians reliever Austin Adams made his major league debut and gave up all three runs. He got only one out.

Adam Dunn had an RBI single in the Chicago sixth.

White Sox relievers Zach Putnam, Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp and Jake Petricka combined to allow two runs over the final four innings.

Carroll hasn't given up an earned run in 14 innings over three appearances against Cleveland. His first career loss was to the Indians on May 3 when he allowed two unearned runs in six innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Carroll retired the first eight hitters before Mike Aviles' two-out single in the third.

McAllister, recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the start, gave up three runs in seven innings. His only major mistake came to Abreu.

"I wasn't thinking about a home run," Abreu said. "I was trying to hit the ball the other way. I hit a line drive, and I was lucky it went out of the park."

Jason Kipnis drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh for the Indians. Earlier in the inning, Yan Gomes hit a line drive that was originally called a catch, but was overturned after Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the ruling.

The Indians moved designated hitter Jason Giambi (sore left knee) to the 60-day disabled list following the game. Giambi, batting .128 with two homers and five RBIs in 15 games, had been on the 15-day DL since June 12.

Before the game, Francona said Giambi will "definitely" play again this season. The move was made after Cleveland acquired LHP Nick Maronde in a minor league trade with the Angels and added him to the 40-man roster.

 
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Jose Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team in his rookie season, breaks a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. (USATSI)
Jose Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team in his rookie season, breaks a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Abreu
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

Z. McAllister
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, LF-CF4110021 .236
Alexei Ramirez, SS1000100 .282
   Moises Sierra, PR-RF2110001 .210
Jose Abreu, 1B3112101 .287
Adam Dunn, DH4011002 .227
Dayan Viciedo, RF-LF4110011 .242
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4110000 .322
Gordon Beckham, 2B3112100 .237
Tyler Flowers, C4000001 .213
Leury Garcia, CF-SS3011001 .181
Scott Carroll, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
Totals3268633  
Batting
2B - Conor Gillaspie (23, Adams), Gordon Beckham (19, Adams)
HR - Jose Abreu (29, McAllister)
SF - Leury Garcia (1)
SH - Alejandro De Aza (2)
RBI - Jose Abreu 2 (73), Adam Dunn (36), Gordon Beckham 2 (27), Leury Garcia (5)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (10)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll (W,4-5) 5200130 4.19
Zach Putnam (H,12) 1.1311020 2.50
Javy Guerra (H,4) 0.2000110 2.61
Eric Surkamp (H,4) 1111011 4.76
Jake Petricka 1000010 2.17
HBP - Chisenhall (by Scott Carroll)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 78-43, Zach Putnam 33-22, Javy Guerra 17-10, Eric Surkamp 12-9, Jake Petricka 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 7-5, Eric Surkamp 1-1, Jake Petricka 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 19, Zach Putnam 7, Javy Guerra 3, Eric Surkamp 4, Jake Petricka 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Kipnis, 2B3011100 .259
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000015 .251
Michael Brantley, CF4111010 .326
Carlos Santana, 1B3000130 .207
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3110000 .328
Nick Swisher, DH4000023 .204
Yan Gomes, C4010002 .258
David Murphy, RF4010000 .243
Mike Aviles, LF4010013 .265
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .500
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000 .000
   Austin Adams, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
Totals3326228  
Batting
HR - Michael Brantley (15, Surkamp)
RBI - Jason Kipnis (24), Michael Brantley (63)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,3-5) 7433221 5.63
Nick Hagadone 0.1100000 4.15
Scott Atchison 0.1000100 2.93
Kyle Crockett 0.1000000 2.03
Austin Adams 0.1333000 81.00
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2000010 3.51
IBB - Abreu by Scott Atchison
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 92-63, Nick Hagadone 4-2, Scott Atchison 6-1, Kyle Crockett 4-3, Austin Adams 11-7, Marc Rzepczynski 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 12-6, Nick Hagadone 1-0, Kyle Crockett 1-0, Austin Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 26, Nick Hagadone 2, Scott Atchison 2, Kyle Crockett 1, Austin Adams 4, Marc Rzepczynski 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23837
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom