- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has already done a lot of damage in the first half of his rookie season.

He kept on going Saturday in Chicago’s 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th homer, a two-run shot that helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak.

“He’s good,” his manager Robin Ventura said. “I’m glad he’s on our side.”

Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a drive off Zach McAllister (3-5). The homer cleared the fence in right field and landed in the White Sox bullpen for Chicago’s first hit.

After White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, another member of the All-Star team, left the game with a stiff back following a leadoff walk in the fourth. Abreu homered on the next pitch.

Ramirez said he doesn’t think his back will prevent him from playing in Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.

Abreu is batting .287 with 73 RBIs, good for second in the league.

“I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far in the first half,” he said through a translator. “I’m very happy to participate in the All-Star game. It’s definitely an honor.”

Abreu is 7 for 35 with five homers and 15 strikeouts against the Indians.

“Abreu is obviously a very dangerous hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s probably the understatement of the year.”

All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the eighth for Cleveland.

Scott Carroll (4-5) held the Indians to two hits in five shutout innings before being pulled because of a stiff lower back.

“I felt it a couple of innings before that,” he said. “It really kind of hit me in the fifth. I tried to stay out there as long as I could.”

The rookie right-hander has won two straight starts, in which he hasn’t allowed a run over 11 2-3 innings. Carroll allowed one hit over 6 2-3 innings in Monday’s 4-0 victory at Boston. He was 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous six starts.

Gordon Beckham broke a 1-for-32 skid with a two-run double during a three-run ninth. Indians reliever Austin Adams made his major league debut and gave up all three runs. He got only one out.

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