Jose Abreu adds to MLB-leading RBI total in 7-3 White Sox win

Written By BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Sports Reporter Posted: 04/28/2014, 04:34pm

Rookie right-hander Andre Rienzo won for the second time in his last two starts, Alejandro De Aza homered for the first time in 26 days and Marcus Semien and Adam Eaton each drove in two runs with doubles as the White Sox defeated the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 Monday night.

Jose Abreu had two hits, including an RBI single in the eighth that increased his major-league leading RBI total to 32.

The Sox (14-13) took three of four games in their series with the Rays. They open a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night.

Rienzo (2-0) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings. He earned the victory in his first start of the season at Detroit Wednesday, allowing four runs (all in one inning) over 6 1/3 innings.

Alexei Ramirez (.358) had two more hits for the Sox, including an RBI triple. Ramirez has hit safely in 24 of 26 games, including a franchise-record 17-game streak to start the season.

De Aza hit a two-run homer in the second inning against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (1-3), his first long ball since he he hit three in the first two days of the season. Semien, who had batted second all season in Gordon Beckham’s absence, moved down to the ninth spot in manager Robin Ventura’s order as Beckham returned to the 2 spot.

Beckham went 0-for-4 with a strikeout but made hard contact three times.

Right-hander Zach Putnam pitched two scoreless innings in relief, giving the bullpen a needed lift, and closer Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.


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