- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox didn’t need to play long ball to blast the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Abreu had three singles and three RBIs to increase his major league-leading total to 89, and the White Sox had 17 hits in an 11-5 victory.

Adam Dunn, who also had three hits, and Dayan Viciedo each drove in two runs. Seven White Sox starters had at least two hits and only one, Tyler Flowers, went hitless as Chicago had 14 singles and three doubles.

Abreu is in a three-way tie for the major league lead in homers with 31, but hasn’t slugged one since July 29. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is still impressed with his rookie first baseman.

“I think you’re looking at the professional side of his hitting,” Ventura said. “I think everybody goes through a stretch where you don’t quite have that feeling to hit homers.

“Don’t try to do too much. Don’t be the hero,” he added. “Not trying to hit it over the fence. Just put it in play and good things will happen.”

Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13 to drop four games behind Seattle in the AL wild-card race.

Hector Noesi (7-8) settled down after allowing four runs in the first two innings and pitched five-plus innings for his fourth win in five decisions. Javy Guerra, Maikel Cleto and Daniel Webb allowed one hit over the final four.

Ventura said he pulled Noesi because he had been hit in the thigh by a batted ball and the area was tightening. But Noesi, who won with his mother watching in the stands, had ample offensive support.

“It was good because my location was a little off today.” Noesi said. “I was trying to fight a little bit.”

Marcus Stroman (7-4) gave up five runs, five hits and hit a batter while getting only two outs in his shortest outing since joining the Blue Jays’ rotation on May 31.

“It’s disappointing because we scored four runs in the first two innings and I couldn’t help my team keep in position to get a win,” Stroman said.

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion was hitless as the DH after being activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game.

Ten of the first 15 White Sox hitters reached base as Chicago scored five runs in the first inning and added one in the second. Viciedo singled twice in the span and drove in two runs.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the first and three in the second against Noesi, including Cabrera’s two-run shot, to make it 6-4.

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