First baseman Jose Abreu drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning Saturday for his 108th RBI of the season — a career high.
He added a three-run home run off Angels reliever Luis Garcia in the seventh inning of the White Sox’ 8-7 loss. His 111 RBI lead the American League.
Abreu has hit 30 home runs and driven in 100 runs in four of his six big-league seasons. He’s the fourth White Sox player to record four seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBI, joining Frank Thomas, who did it eight times, Paul Konerko (five) and Magglio Ordonez (four).
Collins starts at catcher
Catcher Zack Collins made his first start behind the plate in nearly two months.
It wasn’t an easy assignment for Collins. Sox pitchers struggled with their command early, and Collins couldn’t rein in three wild pitches, all coming in a five-run third inning. The Angels also weren’t afraid to run on him, with stolen bases by Kevan Smith in the second and Shohei Ohtani in the fourth.
The Sox drafted the 24-year-old catcher with the 10th overall pick in 2016. He’s in his second stint with the Sox this season and made his first start behind the plate since July 13.
“The more reps you get, the more games you’re able to get in at this level, the more comfortable you’re going to be back there,” bench coach Joe McEwing said before the game. “I thought he did an outstanding job the first time he was here. He handled himself very, very well.”
Manager Rick Renteria has said he hopes to get Collins three or four starts behind the plate in September. He’s also -gotten work in at first base, where he started Thursday.
Collins went 2-for-26 in his first stint with the Sox back in June and July, when Welington Castillo went on the injured list. After being sent back to Class AAA Charlotte in July, Collins batted .323 in 38 games.
“That was the best thing that happened for him,” McEwing said. “Where he’s like, ‘OK, I need to go down, I need to work, I need to make some adjustments.’ To his credit, he did an outstanding job of that. He went down, he worked, he made some adjustments at the plate and he put himself in a better position to succeed.”
This and that
Yoan Moncada had three hits — all singles — to record his fourth consecutive multihit game. He’s 9-for-17 with five runs scored during that span.
• Dylan Covey is 0-4 with an 11.91 ERA since June 5.
• The Sox have lost 10 of their last 12 games and been outscored 85-56.