Jose Abreu Blasts 3 Homers To Lead White Sox Past Cubs, 7-4

The White Sox scored all of their runs off five home runs.

Associated Press
August 23, 2020 - 12:11 am

CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu hit three home runs a day after homering twice, and the Chicago White Sox again powered past the Cubs in a 7-4 victory Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

Abreu connected in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings at Wrigley Field for the first three-homer game of the All-Star slugger's career. He went 4 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs. He has 10 homers and 27 RBIs this season.

Rookie Luis Robert and Yasmani Grandal also homered for the White Sox, giving the South Siders 11 in the first two games of the series. The White Sox hit six in a 10-1 rout on Friday.

The Cubs dropped their second straight and are 3-7 since getting off to a 13-3 start.

Gio González (1-1) tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He allowed just one hit while walking three and striking out two.

White Sox starter Reynaldo López allowed two runs on one hit in 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two while throwing 50 pitches. The right-hander, who was activated from the 10-day Injured List before the game, lasted just two-thirds of an inning before leaving his start on July 26 with shoulder soreness.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (3-3) allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander was 8-2 with a 1.96 ERA in his previous 16 starts at Wrigley Field.

The White Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on line-drive homer to center by Robert, who also hit a two-run shot in the second on Friday.

Victor Caratini's two-run double in the bottom half of the inning tied it.

Abreu's solo shot to right in the sixth put the White Sox on top 3-2. He hit a two-run homer in the eighth on an 0-2 pitch from Rowan Wick — made it 5-2.

Grandal and Abreu made it 7-3 with back-to-back solo homers off Duane Underwood Jr. in the ninth.

BRYANT ON IL

The Cubs placed 3B Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list before the game with a sprained finger on his left hand. Bryant also got an injection for his ailing left wrist on Tuesday. The injuries occurred when he made a diving attempt on César Hernández’s flare to left field in the fifth inning of a 7-2 victory at Cleveland on Aug. 12.

The 2016 NL MVP hasn’t played since Monday’s doubleheader split against St. Louis. The IL move is retroactive to Wednesday. The 28-year-old Bryant is batting just .177 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games.

The team did not announce a corresponding roster move.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: To make room for López on the active roster, OF Nicky Delmonico was optioned to the team's alternate training site in Schaumburg.

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (left thumb) is ready to return to action, but the veteran starter may be used out of the bullpen initially. “We've had conversations with Q on how to build him back to the team, and that's an option,” manager David Ross said.

UP NEXT

The Cubs' Yu Darvish (4-1, 1.80 ERA) and White Sox's Dylan Cease (4-1, 3.16) face off in the series finale on Sunday. Both right-handers have won each of their last four starts. Darvish has a 1.04 ERA over that span, compared with 1.93 for Cease.

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