KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andre Rienzo started playing baseball in Brazil because his mother played softball. He fell in love with it even though all the kids around him were kicking around a soccer ball.
On Wednesday night, he may have inspired other youngsters back home to pick up a glove.
The White Sox rookie pitched six innings and took advantage of a five-run frame highlighted by Dayan Viciedo’s grand slam for a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It gave Rienzo the first win for a pitcher from his South American country where baseball is nary a second thought.
Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 33rd save on the year.
Nationals 11, Cubs 6
StrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese Dots Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston hit three-run homers to lead the Washington Nationals to an 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Werth’s three-run homer in the third inning off Jake Arrieta gave the Nationals a 6-1 lead and was his eighth since the All-Star break.
Hairston, who was traded by the Cubs on July 8, was pinch-hitting for Tanner Roark and hit his off James Russell (1-4) with two outs in the seventh to give the Nationals a 9-6 lead after they had given up a 6-1 lead.
Anthony Rizzo, hitting second for the first time in his career as part of an altered Cubs lineup, hit his first two homers since Aug. 6 and had three RBIs, but couldn’t stop the Cubs from losing their 15th in their past 18 at home.