Jose hits 4 in row; Sox can’t get 8 in row

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com | @CST_­sox­van

Jose Abreu home­red.

Again.

But the White Sox could not win again. The Sox first base­man launched a 449-foot shot be­yond the last row of the left-cen­ter-field bleachers in his first at-bat Sun­day against Cubs righty Yu Darvish, giv­ing him four home runs in four con­sec­u­tive at-bats af­ter he hit three in a row Satur­day night, but it was the only of­fense the Sox could muster on a day Darvish struck out 10 over seven in­nings of one-run ball to snap the Sox’ seven-game win­ning streak.

“I’m never sat­is­fied with what I do,” Abreu said. “I al­ways think I can do bet­ter, I can do more.”

One more would have been nice, but a lit­tle much to ask. Abreu was the first Sox player in his­tory to homer in four straight plate ap­pear­ances and the first to hit six homers in one se­ries.

“I’m happy for what I did, but it’s a lit­tle bit­ter­sweet be­cause we didn’t get the win to­day,” Abreu said. I would rather have the win. We bat­tled. We did our best, and we just came up short.”

Darvish was a hand­ful, al­low­ing only six hits.

Those three homers in the Sox’ 7-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Satur­day came a day af­ter he hit two in the se­ries opener Fri­day, a 10-1 Sox win.

Abreu grounded out sharply to sec­ond base — exit ve­loc­ity 112 mph — in the fourth in­ning to end the streak at four. He also popped out and worked a good walk against Craig Kim­brel in the eighth.

The last ma­jor-league player to hit four homers in a row was J.D. Martinez on Sept. 4, 2017, in the same game against the Dodgers.

“It’s spe­cial to watch be­cause when you see a hit­ter locked in, there is noth­ing like it,” man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said.

Sox power

Abreu’s fourth homer was added to a grow­ing list of Sox long-ball feats in only 28 games. Yoan Mon­cada, Yas­mani Gran­dal, Abreu and Eloy Jimenez hit four in a row against the Cardinals last Sun­day, and as a team, they hit six homers Mon­day against the Tigers, led by two each from Tim An­der­son and Luis Robert, and hit six against the Cubs on Fri­day, led by Abreu’s pair and Jimenez’s 466-footer.

The Sox and Padres are tied for the home­run lead with 55.

Great, not so great

Rookie right-han­der Matt Fos­ter ex­tended his score­less-in­nings streak to be­gin his ca­reer to 13⅓, the long­est by a Sox pitcher to be­gin his ca­reer since 1974.

Vet­eran lefty Ross Detwiler con­tin­ues to flour­ish in a re­lief role, ex­tend­ing his score­less streak to 12⅓ in­nings over his first nine games.

Rookie cen­ter fielder Robert was 0-for-4 with four strike­outs for the sec­ond time, strik­ing out three times against Darvish.

Robert has struck out 39 times in 107 plate ap­pear­ances.

Don Cooper, danc­ing ma­chine

The tweeted postgame dance­fests fea­tur­ing catcher Zack Collins and in­fielder Danny Men­dick in­cluded a spe­cial guest af­ter the Sox’ win Satur­day — pitch­ing coach Don Cooper.

To the sound of Chuck Berry, Cooper busted a move or two, in­clud­ing an iconic take from “Pulp Fic­tion.”

“Last night was a spe­cial one, get­ting Coop in there,” Collins said.

“He told us af­ter we got [coach Daryl Bos­ton] on that he’s go­ing to join one day, and I guess last night he was feel­ing frisky. So he wanted to join, and he picked the song.”

NUCCIO DINUZZO/GETTY IMAGES

Jose Abreu fol­lows the flight of his home run in the sec­ond in­ning Sun­day at Wrigley Field.

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