KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for the White Sox, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win for Chicago by shutting down the punchless Kansas City Royals in a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.
Rienzo (1-0) allowed only a sacrifice fly to Mike Moustakas while cruising through six innings to win for the first time in five starts. The Brazilian right-hander allowed just five hits and two walks in helping the White Sox win their season-best fifth straight game.
Addison Reed worked the ninth for his second save of the series and 33rd on the year.
Viciedo’s grand slam off Jeremy Guthrie (12-10) in the fourth followed an RBI single by Adam Dunn that had given the White Sox the lead. Their five runs in the frame matched the number of runs the Royals’ woeful offense had mustered in the previous 22 innings.
The Royals have already lost their third straight series, but can salvage things with the White Sox on Thursday night at 7:10pm at Kaufmann Stadium. Pregame begins at 6:30 on NewsRadio 1350 from the Royals Radio Network.