Jose Abreu sets April rookie record for RBIs as White Sox roll Rays
CHICAGO — Jose Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.
Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs. Albert Pujols had the previous RBI mark of 27 in 2001.
The homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.
In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1/3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.
Rays starter David Price (3-2) allowed eight runs, six earned, in six innings.
Trailing 1-0, the White Sox scored five runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh.
The Rays committed four errors in the sixth. Gordon Beckham reached on an error and scored from second when Price threw away the ball after fielding Marcus Semien’s bunt single. Adam Eaton scored when right fielder Wil Myers fumbled the ball after Price’s throwing error.
Abreu then hit a two-run home run for a 4-1 lead. He set the rookie record for homers by the end of April on Friday with his ninth — a walk-off grand slam against the Rays.
Dayan Viciedo then doubled and scored on shortstop Yunel Escobar’s throwing error for a 5-1 lead.
Semien doubled to extend the White Sox lead to 6-1 in the seventh and knocked Price out of the game. Abreu hit a two-run single and Ramirez added an RBI single for a 9-1 lead.
The Rays went ahead 1-0 in the fifth when David DeJesus singled and scored on right fielder Viciedo’s two-out error.
The Rays scored their second run in the eighth on Evan Longoria’s single.
Before his call up, Carroll was 27-38 with a 3.95 ERA in 138 games during eight minor league seasons. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and bounced back with a 3-1 record and 1.57 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.
“It is a feel-good day for him, 29, getting his first crack at the big leagues,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said before the game.
“Usually you see them come up at 21, 22, 23, something like that. I don’t think it’s much different other than he’s had a longer path and probably a little more of a rocky path with the Tommy John.”
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