7:10 PM ET, July 4, 2014
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Jose Abreu belts MLB-best 27th HR to propel White Sox past Mariners
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale lost his chance at a shutout. He still had a shot at a complete game.
After allowing a single, a double and a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, Sale buckled down. He got a weak grounder to seal the victory as the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Friday night.
"That's kind of the goal as a starting pitcher is to finish as many of them as you can, and anytime you can get your bullpen a couple days off in a row, it's nice, especially in this part of the season," Sale said.
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Sale (8-1) struck out a season-high 12 and allowed six hits and no walks in his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season and 14th of his career. He struck out 10 three times this season.
Viciedo went 4-for-4 including a leadoff homer in the fourth inning that gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. His 10th homer came on a 2-1 pitch.
Abreu then extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run home run that put the White Sox ahead 5-0. He was tied for the major-league lead for homers entering Friday. Abreu has eight home runs and 18 RBIs during his hitting streak, the longest active in the majors.
"I wasn't even aware of it until my dad told me," Abreu said through a translator. "He was like, 'You are getting hits.' I'm trying to do something to help every day, whether it's an RBI, playing defensively.
"I'm trying to do something that helps the team. That's my goal."
The Mariners put runners at second and third in the sixth after two singles and a wild pitch, but Sale struck out Robinson Cano to end the inning.
Konerko hit a two-run home run, his fifth, off Charlie Furbush for a 7-0 lead in the eighth.
Abreu In Rare Air
Jose Abreu's home run pace has him in elite company. In just 72 games played, he is nearing the full-season rookie record for home runs by an infielder.
|2014||Josť Abreu||27||White Sox|
|1966||George Scott||27||Red Sox|
|1934||Zeke Bonura||27||White Sox|
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Sale got Kyle Seager to ground out to end the game.
"Every time I face him, he's got the same slider," Cano said about Sale. "Sometimes you face a guy and one day he doesn't have it. This is a guy, he always has his slider. Nothing straight. His slider is the best pitch he has. He confuses every lefty. You don't know when it's a fastball and when it's a slider."
The Mariners had six left-handers in their lineup against Sale. Hart returned from the disabled list to give the Mariners another right-handed bat. Sale was limiting left-handers to an .089 average this season entering Friday.
"I wouldn't say I was by any means laughing at it or anything, but that's definitely the first time it's happened this year," Sale said about the lineup. "So I just tried not to put too much emphasis on it.
"I knew I was probably going to throw a few sliders today more than normal, but that's about it."
The White Sox improved to 28-7 against the Mariners since 2010.
The White Sox batted Abreu, the AL Rookie of the Month, third in the lineup for the third straight game. "I don't think there's any set way of doing it with him, but I know I like guys on when he comes to the plate," Ventura said. . Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) will start against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.44) on Saturday.
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Regular Season Series
|4th||D Viciedo homered to left center (405 feet).||0||1|
|5th||A Eaton doubled to deep right, M Sierra scored, T Flowers to third.||0||2|
|5th||G Beckham hit sacrifice fly to left, T Flowers scored.||0||3|
|5th||J Abreu homered to left center (394 feet), A Eaton scored.||0||5|
|8th||P Konerko homered to left (364 feet), D Viciedo scored.||0||7|
|9th||C Hart hit sacrifice fly to right, W Bloomquist scored, R Cano to third on error by right fielder M Sierra.||1||7|
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|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||30,297 (74.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|
Chris Sale (CHW): 4th start this season with 10+ K and 1 or fewer ER allowed; most such starts in a single season by a White Sox pitcher in the last 100 seasons.
Josť Abreu's MLB-leading 27th home run is also the 3rd-most in White Sox franchise history before the All-Star break. Only Frank Thomas and Jim Thome have had more.[+]
Chris Sale is throwing his changeup 32.1 percent of the time this season, much more often than his 16.7 percent clip last season. The Mariners have hit .187 in at-bats ending in a lefty changeup this year, the worst rate in the AL.
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