CHICAGO – Jose Abreu is not going to let the pressure get to him.
The touted rookie from Cuba hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning for his second home run of the night, rallying the Chicago White Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Friday.
Abreu, who signed a $68 million, six-year contract in the offseason, finished with three hits and six RBIs. He became the first rookie in major league history to hit nine home runs by the end of April.
“I really didn’t have any expectations. As a matter of fact, I was talking to Albert Pujols during spring training and he told me, ‘Hey, don’t worry about hitting the home runs early in the season since it’s your first season and all that,’” Abreu said through a translator. “So I wasn’t trying to hit them — they have just happened.”
Angels 13, Yankees 1
In New York, Albert Pujols hit one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, and C.J. Wilson held the Yankees in check.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed eight runs — six earned — in 4⅔ to take the loss.
Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 1
In Toronto, David Ortiz homered and Jake Peavy threw seven strong innings.
Tigers 10, Twins 6
In Minneapolis, Nick Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and Torii Hunter had two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
Royals 5, Orioles 0
In Baltimore, Yordano Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings and Kansas City cruised past the Orioles.
Norichika Aoki finished 2-for-5 for the Royals.
Athletics 12, Astros 5
In Houston, Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help Oakland beat the Astros.
Mariners 6, Rangers 5
In Seattle, Justin Smoak hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning and saved the game with a diving catch in the ninth.
Mets 4, Marlins 3
In New York, slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth.
Nationals 11, Padres 1
In Washington, Bryce Harper drove in a career-high four runs and Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings.
Braves 5, Reds 4
In Atlanta, Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to continue another strong April, Ervin Santana earned his third win and the Braves held off Cincinnati.
Cardinals 1, Pirates 0
In St. Louis, Shelby Miller finally solved Pittsburgh, pitching 5⅔ scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals to a win.
Brewers 5, Cubs 2
In Milwaukee, Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings and Lyle Overbay hit his first homer with the Brewers.
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4
In Phoenix, Josh Collmenter threw six scoreless innings and Aaron Hill drove in three runs with a homer and double for Arizona.
Rockies 5, Dodgers 4 (11)
In Los Angeles, Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI single in the 11th inning and Colorado got home runs from Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson.
Giants 5, Indians 1
In San Francisco, Michael Morse homered to back another stellar outing by Tim Hudson.