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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu possesses a knack for breaking out of slumps in a big way, and the Chicago White Sox's rookie first baseman did it again Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

Abreu broke out of a 1-for-17 slide by launching a two-run home run and going 2-for-4 in the White Sox's 6-5 win over the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago took the opener of a four-game series between the American League Central rivals.

After making outs in his first two trips to the plate, including an inning-ending double-play grounder in the third, Abreu hit his homer and a double in his next two at-bats. The homer, off Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in the fifth, made it 5-2 White Sox a half-inning after the Tigers tied it 2-2 on a solo homer by rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez.

Detroit, which rallied for a run off closer Ronald Belisario and got the tying run to third in the ninth, also got a solo homer by designated hitter Miguel Cabrera.

The Tigers cut their deficit to 5-4 in the sixth on a two-run homer by first baseman Victor Martinez, but three White Sox relievers who preceded Belisario -- Scott Downs, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam -- combined to throw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Belisario eventually recorded his sixth save by getting pinch hitter Torii Hunter to ground out to third to end the game with pinch runner Rajai Davis at third.

Chicago (32-33) pulled within 3 1/2 games of division-leading Detroit (33-27) and has three more chances to make up ground in the series.

"You're chasing (the Tigers), and they're a good team," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said before the game. "We understand all that, but you're not going to make your season if you do something in the next four days, but you'd like to do well. You'd like to beat them. You'd like to catch them in the standings."

The White Sox got off to a good start in accomplishing that goal Monday against Porcello, who had defeated them in four consecutive outings dating back to last season. Porcello also threw the first complete game of his career Sept. 10, 2013, in his previous start on Chicago's south side.

This trip wasn't as kind.

Chicago scored six runs (five earned) on nine hits in five-plus innings off Porcello. Each of the top four hitters in the White Sox's lineup -- center fielder Adam Eaton, second baseman Gordon Beckham, third baseman Conor Gillaspie and Abreu -- collected at least two hits and one RBI. Beckham led the team with three hits.

Despite allowing three home runs and lasting only 5 2/3 innings, White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi (2-4) picked up the victory. He earned his second win in as many starts after going 0-3 with three no-decisions in his first six starts this season.

NOTES: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Miguel Cabrera, who played designated hitter Monday, would be monitored daily after leaving Sunday's game early because of left hamstring tightness. ... White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he isn't anticipating a difficult negotiation with the team's first-round draft pick, North Carolina State LHP Carlos Rodon, who is represented by agent Scott Boras. ... The White Sox came into the game ranked second to last in the American League with a .979 fielding percentage. "You've got to get better," manager Robin Ventura said. "The defense has to work for you." ... Ausmus said he isn't considering a demotion for struggling RHP Joe Nathan. "I'm not really thinking that far ahead," he said. "Right now, Joe is and has been the closer the whole year. The only times he hasn't closed have been games that I've felt it was best to give him a rest."
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