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Abreu continues road success with 4-hit game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had another monster game in the midst of an All-Star-caliber season on Tuesday night, but his efforts weren't quite enough in a 9-7 loss to the Twins.

Abreu had his second four-hit game of the season -- and the third of his career -- going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. He was intentionally walked once and scored two runs. His opposite-field homer in the sixth inning cut Minnesota's lead to 8-7.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had another monster game in the midst of an All-Star-caliber season on Tuesday night, but his efforts weren't quite enough in a 9-7 loss to the Twins.

Abreu had his second four-hit game of the season -- and the third of his career -- going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. He was intentionally walked once and scored two runs. His opposite-field homer in the sixth inning cut Minnesota's lead to 8-7.

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"He obviously had a really good day staying on the ball," manager Rick Renteria said. "Driving the ball out of the ballpark to right field, that's pretty impressive."

The outburst raised Abreu's batting average 10 points to .303, his highest since the first week of the season. It also extended his hitting streak to eight games. Over that stretch, he's hitting .471 (16-for-34) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine runs scored and 10 RBIs.

It's enough to even make Abreu's teammates shake their heads in awe sometimes.

"Yeah, for sure," right fielder Avisail Garcia said. "He's our best hitter, and I watch him a lot, just trying to see how they work him. It's very good that he's feeling now like he's looking, and I hope he keeps it going."

Abreu's big day continued a strange statistical quirk. He hit his 12th home run of the season -- all of which have came on the road. In 41 road games, Abreu is slashing .303/.343/.591, while in 27 home games, those numbers are .314/.383/.363.

"I wish I could explain it. I can't," Renteria said. "He's having good at-bats here on the road. I thought he's been having good at-bats at home, too."

Abreu's first career four-hit game also came at Target Field. He went 4-for-5 with a double and three singles on June 23, 2015.

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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