Abreu Homers Again as White Sox Beat Dodgers
LOS ANGELES — White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday afternoon that his team needed to “weather the storm” of a recently unproductive offense.
The Sox didn’t need to weather it for long Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Sox closer Ronald Belisario earned the save against his former team.
In the first against Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren, Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham started with a double that very nearly was a homer, bouncing off the top of the left-field wall. Abreu followed by knocking to left field his 17th homer of the season, the second time he has hit homers in back-to-back games this season.
The Dodgers cut the Sox lead to 2-1 in the second inning when Dee Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to left field with the bases loaded.
The Sox took the run back in the third after Adam Eaton walked, advanced on Beckham’s single and scored on Abreu’s fielder’s choice. Sox catcher Tyler Flowers added a run in the fourth inning with a solo homer to right field on a full count with two outs.
The Sox started the season as one of the top run-scoring offenses in baseball, but entering Tuesday they had scored just 14 runs over their previous six games, including two in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night.
“The most difficult parts of the game are being able to keep your head, keep playing,” Ventura said. “You have to have thick skin. … Offensively, you go through ruts, and you have to ride it out. You have confidence in these guys going out there.”
Haren lasted six innings, allowing six hits and four runs, walking one and striking out two.
Noesi entered Tuesday with an 0-4 record and a 5.83 ERA this season. He had his best outing of the season in his last start against the Indians. He lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, but he received a no decision.
“To be able to stretch it out at the big league level has been impressive,” Ventura said of Noesi’s transition to being a starter this season. “Even the first time he came out, we were expecting four or five, and from there he has continued to improve every time out, length-wise, pitches, really getting deep into the game. That’s a credit to him.”