CHICAGO -

Jose Abreu had two strikes against him during his first at-bat Wednesday afternoon and he swung like a guy with some pent-up aggression.

The Cuban-born rookie first baseman appeared to relieve himself of both the count and some stress with one big swing in the first inning of the Chicago White Sox's 7-6 win against the San Francisco Giants at U.S. Cellular Field.

He drilled the 20th home run of his career with a line drive over the fence in left with a runner aboard for a 2-0 lead, after some frustrations the previous two games led to conversations with the White Sox coaching staff for not running to first in situations that called for it.

"Those are things that I forget, I leave behind," Abreu said afterward. "That just happened (Tuesday). I learned from it and I keep going. Those are the things that happen. Those are stones in life. They happen, things that happen, and you just (find) in front of you. You've just got to learn from it and keep going."

After failing to run out a pop up down the first-base line Sunday against the Kansas City Royals, Abreu again didn't run to first Tuesday against the Giants following a wild pitch third strike.

"Obviously, I made a mistake," Abreu said prior to Wednesday's game. "But the manager and the team have talked to me about it and I understand. I made a mistake and that's something I'm going to fix."

White Sox bench coach Mark Parent wasted no time addressing each instance in the dugout, using an interpreter. Manager Robin Ventura also chatted with him about it after Tuesday's game.

"(Frustration) is part of it, but he understands," Ventura said. "The position that he's in, he's more of a leader on the team, so he needs to be able to do that stuff. If he doesn't do it, nobody else is going to do it. He understands that."

Abreu didn't exactly agree on the leadership role, but said he understands what Ventura means.

"I don't really consider myself a leader right now of the team," he said. "But I have the last couple of (games), I made a couple of mistakes, which is normal. I will make sure that it gets fixed. You have to hustle. You have to run. In that situation, you have to be able to show the team that even when things are bad, you have to run."