White Sox Swept in Detroit, 10th Straight Loss

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By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune reporterAugust 5, 2013

DETROIT — Adam Dunn collected four hits Sunday, including a 462-foot home run.

Paul Konerko hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, and rookie Andre Rienzo excelled again in his second major league start.

But those achievements will take a distant back seat Monday when White Sox manager Robin Ventura visits with general manager Rick Hahn in their traditional meeting before each homestand.

Thanks to a continued lack of hitting and two baserunning gaffes, the Sox provided more reasons to look to the future following their 10th consecutive loss — a 3-2 setback to the Tigers in 12 innings.

The Sox’s losing streak matches their longest skid accomplished June 11-20, 1976. Sunday’s loss, capped when Torii Hunter hit a game-winning single off reliever Dylan Axelrod, marked the Sox’s first winless trip of seven games or more in franchise history.

With the Sox more desperate for offense, so are Ventura’s thoughts.

“I remember Dunn led off before in his career,” Ventura said of his slugger before the game. “Believe me, there have been thoughts of trying to do something that totally breaks the mold. You can’t go crazy with it. But there is a certain amount you want to mix things up.”

Street lights on the basepaths might be a good idea. Alexei Ramirez left first base early and was caught in a rundown in the first inning. Alejandro De Aza broke from third base on a line drive to center in the eighth, preventing him from scoring what would have been the tying run in the eighth.

In the 10th, Tyler Flowers broke from second on a flare to shallow left that was caught and resulted in an inning-ending double play, although Ventura defended Flowers’ intentions.

The baserunning blunders overshadowed an over-the-shoulder sliding catch by second baseman Gordon Beckham in shallow right field in the eighth and Jordan Danks’ running catch in center field in the 11th.

“There are not a lot of positives,” Konerko said after hitting his first home run since June 20. “You have to try to find them as best you can personally and as a team.”

Dunn’s homer landed in the ivy well behind the center-field fence. Only Miguel Cabrera, who started the winning rally with a pinch single, and Eric Munson have hit a ball above the second row of shrubs.

Rienzo retired 14 consecutive batters until his streak of not allowing an earned run ended at 13 innings after walking the first two batters in the seventh and Alex Avila followed with a double.

Rienzo said his changeup, his third-best pitch, was working effectively until the seventh.

“The way it’s going, two walks is going to hurt you,” Ventura said.

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