BOSTON — White Sox starting pitcher Andre Rienzo was done after three innings Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, and manager Robin Ventura didn’t make it through four innings.
The White Sox capped a rough weekend in Boston with a 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, marking the first time they were swept in a series since Aug. 2-4. They move on to New York to face the Yankees on a three-game losing streak.
Ventura, who was ejected for arguing a fourth-inning call, said the game demonstrated the learning curve some of the younger players will face this month.
“We have some young guys who will have to learn while they’re here,” Ventura said. “Sometimes it doesn’t look pretty, and you have to learn from it and keep going. That’s for us to keep preaching and making it get better.”
In his seventh major league start, Rienzo had four walks in the first two innings and was pulled in favor of newly arrived left-hander Charlie Leesman after allowing five hits and five earned runs.
Four of those runs came in the second inning. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single with two out. Rienzo walked the next two batters to load the bases before David Ortiz hit a two-run double. Stephen Drew hit a solo home run in the third to push the Red Sox lead to 5-0.
“Everybody saw how trashy my game was today,” Rienzo said. “I did really bad, and I didn’t give the team a chance to win. It was completely my fault.”
The White Sox called up Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, and he pitched 41/3 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run and walking four.
While Leesman was pitching, Ventura was ejected for the third time this season for arguing about a Conor Gillaspie play at third base that led to a Red Sox run. Gillaspie appeared to make a diving catch on Dustin Pedroia’s line drive. But the ball dropped out of his glove as he tried to tag out Ellsbury at third, and it was ruled he didn’t catch it. Gillaspie then made a throwing error to first base that allowed Ellsbury to score for a 6-4 lead.
Pedroia scored on Ortiz’s RBI single to send the Red Sox on the way to victory.
“(The umpire) felt he didn’t control it all the way, and I felt that he did and he was going for the second out,” Ventura said. “Obviously we didn’t agree.”
The White Sox at least didn’t fade after the early deficit, scoring four in the fourth to chase Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. They loaded the bases when Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko singled and Avisail Garcia walked. Jeff Keppinger hit a sacrifice fly, Dayan Viciedo added an RBI double and Gillaspie delivered a two-run single.
Konerko’s RBI single in the fifth and Tyler Flowers’ solo home run in the eighth brought the White Sox within one run.
“When you really think about it, we have a lot of guys that this is kind of their first go-around, myself included,” Gillaspie said. “The better off we do in September, it’s going to get a lot of the guys like myself who are younger … a lot of confidence.”