“It hurt me. It hurt the team. It’s pretty much my fault,” Rienzo said. “Next time, I’ll try and be better. No six innings good and then fall off in the seventh. I didn’t help the team, so that’s bad.
“[My off-speed pitches were] working before the seventh inning,” Rienzo continued. “In the seventh inning, it was so-so, but before that it worked well for me.”
Rienzo, 25, went seven innings in his first major league start and allowed five hits and no earned runs. He fanned six.
But a leadoff walk in the fifth inning to Cleveland’s Michael Brantley started a three-run inning that tied the game for the Indians. All runs were unearned due to a fielding error by Alexei Ramirez.
“For Andre, he’ll learn from that,” Ventura said. “You have to realize you can’t put guys on, especially with this kind of a lineup.”
Ventura removed Rienzo immediately after walking his second straight batter.
“I need to do more work in the week so that kind of mistake doesn’t happen in the next one,” Rienzo said. “It’s not about me; it’s about the team. I helped the team through six innings, and in the seventh I fell off. Next time, I hope I can help more.”
The White Sox eventually lost Sunday to the Tigers, 3-2 in 12 innings. It was their 10th straight loss.
“I thought he pitched well, but with the way it’s going, two walks are going to hurt you,” Ventura said.
Rienzo, who is Chicago's top pitching prospect, got his shot with the White Sox when Jake Peavy was dealt.
In his debut, he became the first White Sox pitcher to throw seven innings without allowing an earned run since Jack McDowell did so against the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 15, 1987.