CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura knows the reason behind rookie Jose Abreu’s power surge.
“I’ve been working with him in the cage the last couple of days,” Ventura joked.
Abreu his second multihomer game in three days Thursday night by hitting tape-measure drives in the second and fifth innings and drove in three runs as the White Sox snapped a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3.
“He’s really good,” he said. “That’s a simple fact, that he’s a good hitter. He hits things hard, and when he hits it hard, they go a long way, whether it’s left field or right field. He’s doing it for us.”
The Cuban slugger hit the first two homers of his major league career Tuesday in Colorado.
Abreu has four homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games.
Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for Chicago. The Indians had outscored the White Sox 102-45 in a streak that dated to last June.
White Sox starter John Danks (1-0) got off to a rocky start, but settled down to allow three runs and six hits in six innings.
“The third inning on, I felt like I was able to throw the ball where I wanted to,” Danks said. “I kept it down better. It was a kind of a tale of two games.
“Like I’ve said, I’ve never had a bad win.”
Indians starter Danny Salazar (0-1) struck out 10 in 3 2-3 innings. He also gave up five runs and six hits, including homers by Abreu and Ramirez.
Salazar’s problem was that when the White Sox made contact, it was solid.
Cleveland gave Salazar to a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the top of the first.
Abreu homered to lead off the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half, but Asdrubal Cabrera got the run back with a homer leading off the third.