December 19, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Andre Rienzo gave up a homer to the first batter he faced and got roughed up for six more runs, failing to finish the fourth inning in his worst start of the season, and the Los Angeles Angels rolled to an 8-4 victory over the White Sox Friday.
Adam Dunn hit his 450th career homer against Ernesto Frieri with two outs in the ninth, passing Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th place all-time. It was the 10th homer of the season for Dunn, who also singled twice.
The Sox (31-31), who have won 10 of their last 17 thanks to their starters pitching to a 2.03 ERA over the previous 15 games, got a dud from Rienzo, who had given up more than three runs only once in his eight starts.
Rienzo gave up a homer to Kole Calhoun leading off the first and it was all bad from there. He allowed nine hits, including a two-run doubles to Calhoun and C.J. Cron in the fourth.
Long reliever Scott Carroll, who entered with the Sox trailing 7-1, didn’t give up a hit until Albert Pujols hit his 15th homer leading off the eighth inning.
Alejandro De Aza homered (his fifth) for one Sox run against Jered Weaver (7-4) and Adam Dunn (3-for-4) singled in the other. Weaver allowed two runs over six innings for the Angels (32-29).