Jose Abreu broke out of a 1-for-14 mini-slump with his 18th homer, Gordon Beckham had three hits including a pair of doubles and Conor Gillaspie had two RBI singles as the White Sox survived a scare in the ninth and held on to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Monday in the opener of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Leadoff man Adam Eaton tripled into the left-field corner against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello (8-4) in the first and scored on Beckham’s single, and he slapped a single through the left side of the infield to score Alejandro De Aza with the Sox’ sixth run in the sixth.
Before his homer, Abreu extending his rut that began during the Angels’ three-game sweep of the Sox in Anaheim by flying out and hitting into a double play for the third time in three games before launching a Porcello pitch 407 feet to left-center. He followed that with a soft line double to right against reliever Corey Knebel.
“You can have a bad few games,’’ Ventura said before the game. “He’s allowed to do that. Do I think he’s still a good hitter? Of course, and eventually that’s going to happen.’’
Alejandro De Aza, finally being productive after a two-month slump, reached on a bunt single leading off the sixth and went to second on Porcello’s throwing error, the Tigers’ third of the game. De Aza scored when Eaton slapped a bouncer through the left side of the infield
“Take advantage of every little opportunity,’’ Ventura said. “I mean, on [on the last] road trip, we lost some games we should have won. You’ve got to be able to win those games. You’ve got to win some games that you’re behind early on, coming from behind to win games and feeling that you can score all the time.’’
The Tigers used three homers against starter Hector Noesi, a 437-footer by Miguel Cabrera in the fourth, another solo shot by ninth-place hitter Eugenio Suarez in the fifth and a two-run blast by Vic Martinez in the sixth for their first four runs.
“You’ve got to find a way to get that feeling back to where you know you can score every time.”
The Tigers scored in the ninth against Ronald Belisario on two well-hit fly balls that were catchable, but right fielder Moises Sierra lost Austin Jackson’s liner in the lights and Alejandro De Aza couldn’t catch Alex Avila’s fly near the top of the left field well, both hits going for doubles. But Belisario struck out Ian Kinsler looking with the infield in before retiring Torii Hunter on a grounder to Gillaspie at third to preserve the victory.