Chisox finally top Indians

JOHN JACKSON Associated Press Published:

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura knows the reason behind rookie Jose Abreu's power surge.

"I've been working with him in the cage the last couple of days," Ventura joked.

Abreu his second multihomer game in three days Thursday night by hitting tape-measure drives in the second and fifth innings and drove in three runs as the White Sox snapped a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3.

"He's really good," he said. "That's a simple fact, that he's a good hitter. He hits things hard, and when he hits it hard, they go a long way, whether it's left field or right field. He's doing it for us."

The Cuban slugger hit the first two homers of his major league career Tuesday in Colorado.

Abreu has four homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games.

Alexi Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for Chicago. The Indians had outscored the White Sox 102-45 in a streak that dated to last June.

White Sox starter John Danks (1-0) got off to a rocky start, but settled down to allow three runs and six hits in six innings.

"The third inning on, I felt like I was able to throw the ball where I wanted to," Danks said. "I kept it down better. It was a kind of a tale of two games.

Indians starter Danny Salazar (0-1) struck out 10 in 32⁄3 innings. He also gave up five runs and six hits, including homers by Abreu and Ramirez.

Salazar's problem was that when the White Sox made contact, it was solid.

Cleveland gave Salazar to a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the top of the first.

YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda won while pitching with some substance smudged on his hand as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Thursday night.

Close-up camera shots clearly showed Pineda (1-1) pitching for the first four innings with something on his hand, and there was speculation it was pine tar to help him get a better grip on a chilly night. The game was never stopped for an umpire to examine him, and it was gone by the fifth.

Pineda said it was merely dirt, rubbed on his sweaty right hand. Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he found out about it only after Pineda's hand was cleaned up.

ASTROS 6, BLUE JAYS 4

TORONTO -- Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar homered off R.A. Dickey and the Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep by beating Toronto.

Patrick Henry product Marc Krauss doubled in the win for the Astros while scoring a run and drawing a walk.

ATHLETICS 6, TWINS 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dan Straily pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Sam Fuld hit a rare home run to help the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep over Minnesota.

PIRATES 5, CUBS 4

CHICAGO -- Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 1

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 in 62/3 innings on a day Washington really needed to rest its relievers, and Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond homered, leading the Nationals past Miami for a three-game sweep.

BREWERS 6, PHILLIES 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Gomez had three hits with an RBI and Milwaukee extended its winning to six games with a victory over Philadelphia.

METS 6, BRAVES 4

ATLANTA -- Eric Young Jr. got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times and New York overcame Justin Upton's two home runs to beat Atlanta.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 5,

10 INNINGS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tony Campana hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lead Arizona to its first back-to-back wins of the season.

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