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The Sports Xchange, Published August 10 2013

Newcomers, bullpen secure a White Sox win against Twins

CHICAGO – Wins don’t come easily or often for the Chicago White Sox, and newcomers Avisail Garcia and Andre Rienzo witnessed that for themselves Saturday.

In his first start for Chicago, Garcia went 1-for-4 and scored a run as the White Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4, ending a 12-game losing streak against the American League Central.

Rienzo, who had been 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his first two starts, struggled with control in his home debut. He lasted 5Zc innings and gave up four runs, seven hits and five walks and left with the White Sox trailing 4-3.

Garcia led off the sixth with a single and scored the tying run on a Blake Tekotte sacrifice fly. The White Sox then went ahead 5-4 on Conor Gillaspie’s single to left.

Relievers David Purcey (1-1), Nate Jones, Donnie Veal and Addison Reed combined for 3Xc scoreless innings and six strikeouts, with Reed getting his 28th save in 33 tries. But it wasn’t without a scare.

After getting two quick outs, Reed saw Oswaldo Arcia drive a pitch deep to the wall in left. But unlike most of a series that has produced 14 homers, the ball didn’t go out and was caught at the wall by Alejandro De Aza, securing Chicago’s first win over a division opponent since July 25.

“We’ve had a few of those this year, and we’ll take it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Garcia was acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. He was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to take Alex Rios’ roster spot. After arriving too late to start the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, Garcia was Chicago’s center fielder on Saturday.

He went hitless in two at-bats after coming off the bench Friday, but his first hit with the White Sox was the single up the middle to open the sixth that started what turned out to be a winning rally.

“I was trying to put the ball in play and get on base,” Garcia said. “I did. And I (scored).”

Like Garcia, Rienzo could be part of a future the White Sox are focusing on now.

During his first two starts, Rienzo didn’t allow any home runs, but that changed when he allowed two in the third to give back an early 3-0 lead. The first was a three-run shot to Justin Morneau that tied the score. Two batters later, Arcia homered to put Minnesota in front 4-3.

Those runs, despite the five walks, were all that Rienzo allowed. Control problems have led to 11 walks in three starts.

“Bad. That’s bad,” Rienzo said.

Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (4-10) had his own issues.

Pelfrey, who is 0-4 in his last six starts, went five-plus innings and allowed five runs (four earned), four hits with five walks. After allowing Garcia to single and walking Danks, Pelfrey (4-10) was replaced in the sixth by Anthony Swarzak, who gave up Tekotte’s sacrifice fly and then Gillaspie’s go-ahead single.

“I was terrible,” Pelfrey said. “Way too many walks.”

Minnesota Chicago

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 2 1 1 0 Bckhm 2b 1 2 0 0

Mauer c 4 1 1 0 Gillaspi 3b 5 0 1 1

Mornea 1b 4 1 1 3 AlRmrz ss 5 0 1 0

Wlngh dh 5 0 1 0 A.Dunn dh 3 0 1 0

Arcia lf 5 1 2 1 Konerk 1b 3 0 2 1

Colaell rf 2 0 1 0 AGarci cf-rf 4 1 1 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0 JrDnks rf 2 2 1 1

Thoms cf 4 0 1 0 Kppngr ph 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0 Flowrs c 0 0 0 0

Phegly c 1 0 0 0

DeAza ph-lf 1 0 0 0

Tekotte lf-cf 2 0 0 1

Totals 33 4 8 4 Totals 28 5 7 4

Minnesota 004 000 000— 4

Chicago 120 002 00x— 5

E—Colabello (1), Rienzo (1). DP—Minnesota 1, Chicago 1. LOB—Minnesota 10, Chicago 10. 2B—Dozier (25), Willingham (14), Arcia (12), Thomas (10), Al.Ramirez (30), A.Dunn (12). HR—Morneau (14), Arcia (10), Jor.Danks (2). S—Florimon, Phegley. SF—Konerko, Tekotte.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,4-10 5 4 5 4 5 2

Swarzak BS 1Zc 3 0 0 1 1

Thielbar Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Pressly 1Zc 0 0 0 1 1

Chicago

Rienzo 5Zc 7 4 4 5 5

Purcey W,1-1 1 1 0 0 0 2

N.Jones H,7 1Zc 0 0 0 1 4

Veal H,5 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

A.Reed S,28-33 1 0 0 0 0 0

Pelfrey pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

HBP—by Pelfrey (Tekotte), by Rienzo (Dozier).

T—3:29. A—24,529 (40,615).