Mauer helps Twins top White Sox again, 4-3

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After another dismal start by Andre Rienzo, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura wouldn’t commit to sticking with the Brazilian right-hander in the rotation.

If Ventura is looking for another option, Rienzo’s replacement Saturday at Minnesota might be a possibility.

Rienzo (4-5) lost his fifth straight start and gave up at least four runs for the third consecutive time in the Twins’ 4-3 win on Saturday. Meanwhile, former starter Scott Carroll pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings as Chicago lost the third straight game to start the four-game series and dropped to the bottom of the American League Central standings behind Minnesota.

“I don’t know right now,” Ventura said after the game when asked if he’d contemplate taking Rienzo out of the starting rotation. “We’ll talk about that later. But right now we’re just trying to figure out how to win a game.”

Kevin Correia (4-8) pitched a smooth six innings, giving up two runs - one earned - and five hits.

Rienzo, allowed four runs, and gave up seven hits and two walks in last just 4 1-3 innings. Rienzo has surrendered 25 runs in 22 1-3 innings over his last five starts.

“It’s happening so fast sometimes,” Rienzo said of giving up big innings. “I don’t have much time to think, it happens so fast.”

Rienzo was 4-0 after his first six starts following the rotator cuff injury that knocked Felipe Paulino out of action. But he’s only finished the fifth inning in two of his last five turns and his ERA during the losing streak is 8.87.

With the Twins trailing 2-1, Joe Mauer hit a two-run double that just missed reaching the seats off Rienzo in the fifth inning. Kendrys Morales hit the next pitch for an RBI single.

“Yeah, he had that inning you can see some people working out of,” Ventura said. “This seems to be that one that ends up biting him; hit a batter or walk a batter or give up a hit and the next thing you know it’s a crooked number.”

Carroll relieved Rienzo and got Oswaldo Arcia and Kurt Suzuki to fly out. Carroll allowed just two hits the rest of the way.

Starting five games earlier this season, Carroll carried a 6.15 ERA after six-run loss at Kansas City. The right-hander has a 1.83 ERA in five six relief appearances and instituted the use of a cut fastball.

“It was almost just like another chapter, another opportunity for me where I just wanted to just accept it and relish in it, and use it as an opportunity to build myself,” Carroll said of moving to the bullpen. “I feel like I’m being much more aggressive.”

Ventura said he can see difference in Carroll.

“The urgency is probably there because you go from a starter and now you’re in the bullpen,” Ventura said. “The other alternative after that isn’t very good. So I’m sure that’s the urgency that’s there.”

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