- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A slumping Jose Abreu received a hitting tip from the person who knows him best - his mom.

In an early morning call, she told him to simply relax at the plate. He listened and his powerful swing returned.

Abreu and Avisail Garcia each hit two of Chicago’s six homers, powering the White Sox to a 15-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

“My mom told me, ‘Just take it easy,’” Abreu said through a translator. “That gave me a lot of strength.”

Strength is something he certainly has an abundance of, which is why the White Sox signed the Cuban slugger to a $68 million, six-year contract in October. In 29 major league at-bats, though, Abreu had no homers to show for it.

That changed in the seventh, with the game still close at 4-2. Abreu fouled off pitch after pitch after pitch until sending the 12th one high into the air. The ball crept just over the glove of a leaping Brandon Barnes in left for a three-run homer.

The weight off Abreu’s shoulders, he delivered a two-run drive the next inning.

“That’s everything as advertised for him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Doesn’t necessarily surprise us. I know he’s happy, to kind of get it out of the way.”

Abreu even got his first home run ball, too, in a trade for an autographed baseball.

“Like I always say, we should never press for things,” Abreu said. “I always give myself some time. You have time to do things.

“It was a great day today.”

Certainly was.

Jose Quintana pitched seven sharp innings, and Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez also went deep for the first time this season. The White Sox had six total home runs before the fireworks in this one at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Garcia and Marcus Semien each had four of Chicago’s 19 hits.

Quintana (1-0) bottled up Colorado most of the night, allowing five hits and two runs. The left-hander appeared ready to pitch the eighth, but after the White Sox batted around, scoring six times, Quintana was removed for a reliever.

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