(SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo has had a rough stretch of outings on the mound, having lost his last four games in a row. But he and the White Sox will look to turn things around on Saturday as they visit the Minnesota Twins for the third match of a four-game series at Target Field.
The Twins will counter with another struggling pitcher in Kevin Correia. Both enter the contest sporting earned run averages over 5.00.
Rienzo was rocked once again on Sunday. He picked up his fourth consecutive loss after a six-inning effort against the Royals in which he surrendered six runs and struck out just three batters. The Royals won the game, 6-3.
Rienzo was 4-0 on the year before the slide kicked in. He sits on a 4-4 record entering this contest with a 5.67 ERA and 41 strikeouts. He's allowed 18 earned runs in his last 18 innings of work, but will still hold his spot in the pitching rotation for now.
"Right now we're going to keep going with it," manager Robin Ventura said. "We'll reassess that, but he's just got to pitch better."
Meanwhile, the Twins will send Correia to the mound for the start. Correia (3-8, 5.29 ERA) has picked up losses in three of his last five outings, though his most recent defeat wasn't a bad one by any means.
Against Boston on Monday, Correia went six innings and surrendered just one earned run on five hits. But it was enough for the Red Sox, who held on for the 1-0 win.
In his career against Chicago, Correia has made five starts with a 2-2 record and a 3.18 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
The Twins stole one from the White Sox Friday night 5-4 in walk-off fashion. In the bottom of the ninth inning with the score knotted at four apiece, Brian Dozier singled off Daniel Webb to score Eduardo Escobar for the winning run.
"He's into the game pretty good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said about Dozier. "He's a fun player to watch play baseball."
Glen Perkins was credited with the win for Minnesota, although he lasted one inning in relief in which he allowed four hits and two earned runs.
Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu each homered for the White Sox in the contest. Kurt Suzuki paced the Twins with three hits in the game.
Minnesota has taken two in a row against Chicago for the first time this season. Both squads are five games behind Detroit in the AL Central standings.