Abreu’s walk-off grand slam pushes White Sox over Rays 9-6

Written By BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media Posted: 04/26/2014, 05:29pm
Array Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam against theTampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, April 25, 2014. The White Sox won 9-6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXS121

Jose Abreu’s grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the White Sox a dramatic 9-6 win Friday over the Rays.

Evan Longoria’s two-run blast in the ninth inning off Matt Lindstrom gave the Rays a 6-4 lead, but the White Sox rallied off Grant Balfour.

Alejandro De Aza doubled and Tyler Flowers walked. Paul Konerko also walked, and on his way to first base he and Balfour exchanged words but the benches didn’t clear.

Adam Eaton grounded into a fielder’s choice for the second out, driving in De Aza. The safe call on Eaton at first was upheld after a review, and Marcus Semien then walked to load the bases for Abreu, whose second homer of the night made baseball history.

With his first of the night, a third-inning home run off Chris Archer, he tied the rookie record for homers through April, matching the eight hit by Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994), and Kent Hrbek (1982). He also passed Hrbek for the second-most RBIs through April for a first-year player.

Then his line-drive homer off Balfour into the right-field bullpen gave him the record and gave the White Sox a memorable victory.

That helped the White Sox overcome a night when they handed the Rays 11 walks, matching a Tampa Bay franchise record.

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