Two starts, two victories for White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo this season.
Rienzo lasted six innings Monday night against the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field in a 7-3 Sox victory, his second since filling in for right-hander Felipe Paulino, who is on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation. Rienzo allowed three runs – two earned – on five hits, walking three and striking out four.
The Sox took three of four games for their first series victory over the Rays since 2012. The Sox take on the Tigers for a two-game home series Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rienzo didn’t help his own cause early Monday when he was charged with two first-inning errors to help the Rays to an early lead.
After a leadoff double from Ben Zobrist, Rienzo bobbled a bunt from Desmond Jennings and then was charged with a second error on his throw to first base that allowed Zobrist to score. Jennings scored on Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Rays lead.
Alejandro De Aza hit his fourth home run of the season – and his first since April 3 – in the second inning. The two-run shot tied the game at 2-2.
The Rays took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning on David DeJesus’ RBI double.
Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI triple and Marcus Semien added a two-out RBI double to give the Sox a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Odorizzi lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, walking two and striking out five.
Adam Eaton added a two-run double in the sixth inning off Rays reliever Jake McGee. Jose Abreu notched his 32nd RBI of the season in the eighth to give the Sox a 7-3 lead.
The Sox had a couple of big rookie moments in the series, with Abreu hitting a walkoff grand slam Friday and right-hander Scott Carroll earning his first major league victory at age 29 on Sunday.
“You’re seeing guys coming up, first run at big leagues, and obviously Abreu is doing his thing, but Carroll last night, that was awesome,” Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said. “That’s an awesome story, and you’ve got 24 guys who are really happy for him.”