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White Sox' Rienzo exits early in 8-4 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chicago White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo was driven from the mound after just 3 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, the second start in a row that he didn't make it through four innings.

Rienzo allowed seven runs on nine hits in the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium, and the Sox couldn't recover in an 8-4 loss to the Angels.

The Angels scored two runs in the first inning and five runs in the fourth inning for a big early lead before Rienzo was pulled in favor of right-handed reliever Scott Carroll.

Rienzo gave up a leadoff home run to Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun. Mike Trout followed with a single and a stolen base and scored on Josh Hamilton's RBI double.

Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza cut the Angels' lead in half when he hit a solo home run to right field off Angels right-hander Jered Weaver in the third inning. It was De Aza's fifth homer of the season.

The Sox then loaded the bases on Adrian Nieto's single and walks from Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu, but Adam Dunn struck out looking to end the threat.

The Angels had six hits in their big fourth inning, including a two-run double from C.J. Cron, an RBI single from Hank Conger and another two-run double from Calhoun, for a 7-1 lead.

Rienzo had lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his last start against the San Diego Padres.

The Sox cut the Angels' lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning, when Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch, Conor Gillaspie walked and Adam Dunn hit an RBI single.

Carroll didn't allow a hit through his first 3 1/3 innings to keep the Angels at seven runs entering the eighth. But Albert Pujols hit a solo home run into the bullpen in left field to start the eighth to push the Angels ahead 8-2.

Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer high to right field with two outs in the ninth, but the Sox still trailed 8-4. It was Dunn's 450th career home run, giving him sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list.

Switch-hitting Sox catcher Nieto filled in for starter Tyler Flowers. Nieto usually catches left-hander John Danks every five days, but Sox manager Robin Ventura opted to have him catch Rienzo on Friday.

"(Nieto) has gone in there and had to fill in a couple of times," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "With Weaver going (Saturday), it also makes sense. You can give Flo two days. Jered, I don't think that's fun for any right-handed hitter, so the mental break's pretty good too."

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