Abreu Hits #15 as White Sox Beat A’s

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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.

Reliever Ronald Belisario earned the victory and closer Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save to help the Sox break a four-game losing streak. They also avoided a series sweep against the A’s.

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.

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