Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo may be hitting a wall in his first year in the big leagues.
Rienzo lasted only four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits - including a pair of homers - and four walks, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 on Saturday night.
Rienzo (2-2), who was called up July 30, has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts and watched his ERA jump to 5.04 with the rough outing. The 25-year-old doesn't believe fatigue is a factor in his recent struggles, saying he just needs to do a better job of keeping the ball down.
''It's the first time I play ball in September,'' he said. ''But I don't feel tired. I feel good. I need to figure out little things to help me. If I can figure them out, I know I'll make the ball club next year. It's simple.''
The Indians batted around and took a 5-0 lead in the fourth.
With one out and Carlos Santana on first, Asdrubal Cabrera loft...