OAKLAND, Calif. – White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon to give the Sox a 4-2 victory over the Athletics at O.co Coliseum.
Abreu’s homer to left field on an 0-1 pitch from right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson came with Sox runners on first and third following back-to-back singles from Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie. It was Abreu’s 15th home run of the season.
Beckham needed one pitch to start Wednesday off right for the Sox. Beckham hit the first pitch of the game from A’s left-hander Tommy Milone over the left-field wall for a solo home run and a 1-0 Sox lead.
A’s designated hitter John Jaso answered Beckham promptly, sending Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo’s third pitch of the game over the wall at right-center field to tie the game at 1-1.
A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson added a solo home run to right field off Rienzo in the fourth inning for a 2-1 A’s lead.
Rienzo matched a season high by pitching 6 1/3 innings. The two home runs were the only A’s hits and runs he allowed, both season lows. He walked two and struck out four.