Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Twins 4
August, 10, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak against the Minnesota Twins with a 5-4 victory Saturday.
How it happened: The White Sox overcame a rocky third inning in which the Twins scored four times, and won for just the third time this season against their division rival. Chicago rallied in the sixth inning, tying the game on Blake Tekotte’s sacrifice fly and going ahead on an RBI single from Conor Gillaspie. Andre Rienzo started, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, while four relievers locked down the victory, capped by Addison Reed’s 28th save. The White Sox won it when Alejandro De Aza hauled in Oswaldo Arcia's drive at the base of the left-field wall.
What it means: While there remains plenty to like about Rienzo, his home debut lacked polish as the rookie right-hander walked five in his 5 1/3 innings of work. He was tagged with a pair of long fourth-inning home runs from Justin Morneau (three-run shot) and Arcia. The right-hander still has a respectable 2.95 ERA in the first three outings of his career, but he also has 11 walks in 18 1/3 innings.
Outside the box: By beating the Twins, the White Sox now have their 20th victory since May 26. That was the day they completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins to even their record at 24-24. The problem is Chicago has lost 47 times since then, and its .299 win percentage since that date is the worst in baseball.
Offbeat: The 5 o’clock hour struck again at U.S. Cellular Field as the setting sun caused some problems. It's long been considered a tough hour to play at U.S. Cellular Field, and the left fielders of both teams had trouble a half-inning apart. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Arcia fought the sun to catch an Alexei Ramirez line drive and prevent the White Sox from building their lead. In the top of the seventh, Tekotte moved to his left on a ball that ended up being well over his head and off the wall for an Arcia double.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the four-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.