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7/4/2014 11:07 P.M. ET

Abreu's homer extends hitting streak to 18 games

Slugger's fifth-inning blast moves him up Sox rookie hitting streak ranks

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 straight games courtesy of a two-run home run off of Roenis Elias during the fifth inning of a 7-1 White Sox victory over the Mariners Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Abreu connected on the first pitch with Adam Eaton on base and moved into a tie for sixth place for the most consecutive games hit in by a White Sox rookie, bringing him even with Rip Radcliff (1935) and Pete Ward (1963) per STATS LLC. Guy Curtright sits No. 1 among White Sox rookies at 26, running from June 6-July 1, 1943, followed by Chico Carrasquel with 24 (1950), and Earl Sheely (1921), Art Shires (1929) and Mike Kreevich (1936), who all hit in 19 straight games.

White Sox Rookie Hitting Streaks
Player Streak Dates
Guy Curtright 26 06/06/1943 - 07/01/1943    
Chico Carrasquel 24 07/08/1950 - 08/05/1950    
Earl Sheely 19 07/16/1921 - 08/06/1921    
Art Shires 19 07/03/1929 - 07/20/1929    
Mike Kreevich 19 08/31/1936 - 09/20/1936    
Rip Radcliff 18 08/13/1935 - 08/26/1935    
Pete Ward 18 06/07/1963 - 06/24/1963
Jose Abreu 18 06/15/2014 - 07/04/2014
Courtesy of STATS LLC


Carlos Lee holds the overall franchise record hitting streak of 28, set in 2004, followed by Albert Belle at 27 in 1997 and Luke Appling at 27 in 1936. Abreu's 27 homers tie him with Zeke Bonura (1934) for second most homers in a single season by a White Sox rookie, sitting behind only Ron Kittle's 35 in 1983.

The hitting streak hadn't even crossed Abreu's mind until a phone conversation with his father, as explained by the first baseman through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz after the win.

"I wasn't even aware of it until my dad told me," Abreu said. "I'm trying to do something to help every day, whether it's an RBI, playing defensively. I'm trying to do something that helps the team. That's my goal. I'm not thinking about other things. But once again, I thank God for those things."

Playing on the Fourth of July for the first time, in front of 30,297 energetic fans, marked another memorable chapter in this All-Star worthy first half for Abreu.

"It's incredible," Abreu said with a broad smile. "Sometimes I think I'm dreaming."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.