Salazar strikes out 10, but allows 5 runs in loss

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CHICAGO (AP) - Cleveland’s Danny Salazar couldn’t sustain his swing-and-miss stuff against Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox.

Abreu connected for his second multihomer game in three days and the Chicago White Sox ended a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3 Thursday night.

Salazar (0-1) struck out 10 in 3 2-3 innings, but he also gave up five runs and six hits, including homers by Abreu and Alexei Ramirez.

Salazar struck out eight through three innings, with the only out not recorded by a strikeout coming when Adam Eaton tried to stretch a single into a double in the third inning.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Salazar became the first pitcher from the modern era (since 1900) to have 10 or more strikeouts in less than four innings.

“I rather see it over seven innings. Again, the stuff is there. He is young. He is still learning how to pitch. We love him to death, but there is still some learning to do,” Francona said.

Abreu hit tape-measure drives in the second and fifth innings and drove in three runs. 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.

“Going around the league, I think you would give the advantage to the pitchers because he hasn’t seen them. Eventually, there’s going to be some going back and forth and trying to figure out how to pitch him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

“He’s just talented. 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.”

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.

Salazar, the 24-year-old right-hander, tied his career high with 10 strikeouts in his second start of the season, but Salazar’s problem was that when the White Sox made contact, it was solid.

Cleveland staked 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.

The White Sox tied it 3 in the bottom of the third on a leadoff homer by Ramirez and an RBI single by Eaton.

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