CHICAGO — Jose Abreu saw his career-high 22-game hit streak end Friday.
The Chicago White Sox first baseman started a new one with an RBI single in his first at-bat Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.
He was just getting warmed up.
Abreu went 4 for 4 with two three-run home runs, seven RBIs, one walk and five runs in a 14-0 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.
He’s the first player in team history to record four-plus hits, two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs in one game.
Shortstop Tim Anderson had four singles, two runs and one RBI for the White Sox (29-16), who remained alone in first place in the American League Central.
Abreu and Anderson are in the AL MVP conversation. And they both added to their resume Saturday.
The Sox also got five strong innings from pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, who made the most of his return from the Schaumburg training facility.
Lopez allowed three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five shutout innings.
The Sox optioned Lopez to Schaumburg Sept. 3. He returned Thursday when the Sox placed pitcher Dallas Keuchel on the injured list.
Lopez had an 8.38 ERA in his first four starts. He lowered it to 5.52 with Saturday’s performance.
He received outstanding defense Saturday. The Tigers’ Willi Castro attempted to score from first on Jorge Bonifacio’s two-out double to right in the fourth inning. Outfielder Nomar Mazara’s relay throw went to Anderson, who turned and threw to the plate to cut down Castro to end the inning.
Anderson also provided a spark offensively. He leads the AL with a .358 average after his four-hit night.
Anderson scored on Abreu’s first-inning single for the game’s first run.
The Sox scored three in the first. A two-run double by Mazara in the third extended the lead to 5-0.
Abreu’s first three-run homer, off Daniel Norris, came in the fourth.
His second three-run homer, off Rony Garcia, came in during a four-run fifth. Abreu leads the Sox with 15 homers and an AL-leading 47 RBIs.
The Sox won for the seventh time in eight games and are 8-1 this season against the Tigers.
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