OAKLAND, Calif. — Less than two months into his career, Jose Abreu is already the guy the White Sox want at the plate when the game is on the line.
Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday.
"We realize what he is and how important he is to us," manager Robin Ventura said. "When you get in situations like that you're pretty glad he's up there. That's what he means to us. You always feel like you're in a good spot if he's up there with guys on."
Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game for the White Sox, who rallied to end a seven-game losing streak at the Coliseum.
Beckham and Conor Gillaspie started the eighth-inning rally with one-out singles off Fernando Abad. Abreu greeted Luke Gregerson with a no-doubter to left.
"He has ridiculous power," Gillaspie said. "When he gets the ball up in the air like that it's going to be tough for it not to leave."