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Abreu joins in on the fun for Chisox

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gets mobbed after hitting a walkoff single off Rangers reliever Nick Martinez in the 11th.

Associated Press

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gets mobbed after hitting a walkoff single off Rangers reliever Nick Martinez in the 11th.

CHICAGO — The White Sox are off to a hot start even with slugger Jose Abreu struggling.

Abreu didn't exactly break out of his funk Saturday. He timed his one hit well, though, to keep Chicago rolling.

Abreu hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, leading the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. He began the day with a .180 batting average.

"I'm very confident that I'm going to produce to the level of my offense," Abreu, who had two hits in his previous 35 at-bats, said through an interpreter.

"I need to work, but I need (to) do it for confidence, also."

The winner was a hard grounder to leftfield against a five-man infield.

"When you see that kind of formation, that's something that motivates you. At least I took it that way," Abreu said. "I'm struggling, but when I saw that, I said, 'Hey, this is my moment.' "

Texas tied it in the ninth on Elvis Andrus' sacrifice fly, but the White Sox rallied for their fourth win in five games.

Former Ray Dioner Navarro drew a leadoff walk in the 11th off Nick Martinez. Austin Jackson was hit by a pitch and Adam Eaton walked to load the bases.

Jimmy Rollins grounded into a forceout at the plate before Abreu delivered the second game-ending hit of his career.

White Sox 4

Rangers 3

11 INNINGS

Abreu joins in on the fun for Chisox 04/23/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:24pm]
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