CHICAGO – Jose Abreu says he didn’t expect this much success, especially in cold weather.
Yet he set another rookie record on Sunday.
Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBI through the end of April, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.
Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBI to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001.
Abreu’s homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.
I go to the field to play baseball, help the team, Abreu said through a translator.
I really don’t go looking for records, but they’re definitely welcome. That’s not something that I go looking for, but it’s a nice thing.
Another White Sox rookie had a memorable day.
In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1/3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.
Carroll, 29, received a standing ovation when he exited the game, and he planned to celebrate with more than 30 friends and family members.
I couldn’t have asked for a better showing, Carroll said. I know I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level.
Rays starter David Price (3-2) allowed eight runs, six earned, in six innings.
Trailing 1-0, the White Sox scored five runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh.
The Rays committed four errors in the sixth.
Abreu then hit a two-run home run for a 4-1 lead.
He set the rookie record for homers by the end of April on Friday with his ninth – a walk-off grand slam against the Rays.