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Rienzo Earns First Victory

August 21 at Kansas City


Today's Game Rating:
5 STARS
One star for every win on this road trip.

Short Take: Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam to give pitcher Andre Rienzo a comfortable lead, and the rookie made it stand up in the Sox 5-2 win in Kansas City.

White Sox rookie right-hander Andre Rienzo has pitched well enough to win in no fewer than four of his first five major-league starts. On Wednesday, he finally got the run support and bullpen help he needed to collect his first career victory.

Rienzo (1-0) fired six innings of two-run ball to lead the Sox to a 5-2 win over Kansas City. The rookie allowed just five hits and struck out five while walking three.

The Sox scored all of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Dayan Viciedo's grand slam off Kansas City loser Jeremy Guthrie (12-10) was the biggest blow of the rally. After Alexei Ramirez doubled to lead off the inning, Adam Dunn singled to put the Sox ahead 1-0. Singles by Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie loaded the bases for Viciedo, who found a Guthrie hanger to his liking and hit it out for his 11th home run of the season and a 5-0 lead.

Rienzo found himself in a bit of trouble in both the fourth and sixth innings, but he minimized damage each time. The Royals had the first two men on in the fourth, but only scored once. Kansas City got a two-out RBI hit from David Lough in the sixth to cut the Sox lead to 5-2, but the Royals would score no more.

Donnie Veal, Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Reed worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 33rd save of the season.

With the victory, the Sox have won five straight games for the first time all year and are now 7-7 against the Royals this season. Too bad they couldn't play decent against Kansas City last year. They might have won the division.

The Sox will look for the sweep Thursday night behind left-hander Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66 ERA). He'll be opposed by Kansas City right-hander James Shields (8-8, 3.19 ERA). The game begins at 7:10. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

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