Jose Abreu hit a pair of two-run homers and Luis Robert singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to help the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-5 on Monday night.
Abreu sent a soaring shot over the left-center fence in the first to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead. He hit a line drive in the ninth over a row of hedges beyond the wall in center to give Chicago a four-run cushion.
“He put on a heck of an exhibition,” manager Tony La Russa said.
White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn made his season debut, coming back from surgery on his right knee, and gave up three runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
“It felt good to be back,” he said. “Early on, you’re trying to feel things out and they jumped on me.”
Lynn had a heated exchange with Chicago third base coach Joe McEwing in the dugout after the second inning.
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“(Lynn) was mad at himself,” La Russa insisted.
Bennett Sousa (3-0) was credited with the victory after throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Rony Garcia (0-2) permitted four runs on five hits and two walks over four-plus innings.
Willi Castro hit a leadoff homer for the Tigers and scored twice. Miguel Cabrera had two hits, including an RBI single. Harold Castro added three hits and two RBI.
After Will Vest threw an inning of scoreless relief, Andrew Chafin entered for the Tigers and made a costly throwing error in the sixth.
Chafin fielded Reese McGuire’s sacrifice bunt and threw wide of third base, permitting two runs to score that gave Chicago a 6-3 lead.
“Terrible throw,” Chafin said.
The defending AL Central champion White Sox had lost four of five.
“There’s no turbulence in this clubhouse,” La Russa said. Detroit has dropped six of nine.
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