Jose Abreu flirts with second cycle in three games in White Sox rout of Royals

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The White Sox embarked on their penultimate road trip of the season -- a 11-day, 10-game journey -- when they faced the

's teammates weren't about to let the White Sox slugger step to the plate in the ninth inning without informing him he had the potential to do something special — again.

"Everybody around me was telling me, 'Go for the homer, go for the homer,'" Abreu said through a team interpreter. "I was trying to (find) a pitch to see if I could get it, but I couldn't."

Failing to belt a home run that would have given Abreu his second cycle in three games — he drew a walk instead — was about the only thing he didn't do at the plate Monday during the Sox's 11-3 thrashing of the . Abreu went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs to lead the Sox to their third consecutive victory.

"I was rooting for him," rookie , who recorded his first career three-hit game, said through an interpreter. "I was wishing for him to get a homer in that at-bat because getting two cycles is something you don't see very often. He's the stallion on this team, and you're always rooting for him to do good things."

There were plenty of good things Monday, including rookie right-hander earning his first win in a Sox uniform with six strong innings in which he allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and one strikeout.

"That's something that's very important for me," Lopez said through an interpreter about his first Sox win. "I feel very happy and proud to get this win."

In addition to Abreu's and Moncada's efforts, Adam Engel was 3-for-4, including a three-run homer, and Yolmer Sanchez, Avisail Garcia and Omar Narvaez each added two hits.

The Sox have put up eight-plus runs in three consecutive games for the first time since July 27-29, 2015, and 13-plus hits in three games in a row for the first time since Sept. 7-10, 2016.

Much of the damage came off former Cubs starter Jason Hammel, who lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on 10 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts to suffer the loss.

The win came in the opener of a 10-game trip on which many of the Sox rookies are experiencing life on the road with a big-league club for the first time.

"You can dream about everything up here, but it's not until you're actually here that you get to experience it and it's awesome," outfielder Nicky Delmonico said. "You're treated a lot better up here — everything is nicer. You're playing in big-league ballparks in big-league cities. It puts a smile on your face coming to a new city and playing at the highest level."

The Sox have just enough veterans — led by pitchers James Shields and — to help out their young teammates when it comes to behavior on the road.

"It's a learning experience for everyone," rookie pitcher Dylan Covey said. "It's a new organization for me. I came from the A's where they were really lax on rules. I came here and I was kind of like, 'OK, this is a little bit different,' but the guys helped me out right away."

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