American League Game Summary - New York at Chicago|
(Wednesday, August 7th)
Final Score: Chicago 6, New York 5 (12 innings)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mariano Rivera's final visit to Chicago didn't
go as planned for the future Hall of Famer or the New York Yankees.
Alejandro De Aza stroked the winning two-run triple with two outs in the 12th
inning to give the Chicago White Sox an improbable 6-5 win and a three-game
Rivera gave up the tying single to pinch-hitter Adam Dunn on an 0-2 pitch with
two outs in the ninth, but Robinson Cano homered leading off the top of the
"We were down to the last strike twice the last out twice and for whatever
reason we didn't get it done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Adam Warren (1-2) had a chance to end the game, but Tyler Flowers' soft
tapper bounced out of the pitcher's glove and resulted in an infield hit.
"It was a play he makes probably 99 out of 100 times. That's kind of how our
road trip's been," Girardi said.
Alexei Ramirez singled to center and De Aza then clubbed a 1-0 offering to
right-center to end it and give the White Sox their first sweep of the Yankees
in back-to-back series of at least three games for the first time in 100
Rivera received a standing ovation upon entering from the bullpen in the
ninth inning and everything was going according to form for the closer until
Gordon Beckham doubled to center with two outs. Dunn then hit a sharp liner
into left to tie the contest.
"It's nice to end up on this side of it. It was a good team effort. You go
against a guy like Mo and don't let up and grind it out," White Sox manager
Robin Ventura said.
Alex Rodriguez, playing in his third game of the season, went 1-for-5 with a
walk. The Major League Baseball Players Association officially appealed his
211-game suspension Wednesday. Rodriguez had a chance to give the Yankees the
lead in the 11th inning, but with Brett Gardner at third, A-Rod bounced out to
That was part of a 1-for-16 performance for the Yankees with men in scoring
The White Sox put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the 11th against
Warren, but Jordan Danks struck out to end the inning.
Cano started the 12th by lacing a 1-2 pitch from Dylan Axelrod (4-8) over the
wall in right-center.
CC Sabathia, who is 18-4 in his career against the White Sox and 10-1 at U.S.
Cellular Field, was in line for his 10th win of the season. That was until
Rivera suffered his third blown save of the year.
The Yankees, who have lost four in a row, provided Sabathia with a 4-0 lead
thanks to a two-run homer from Alfonso Soriano, RBI single from Vernon Wells
and a solo blast from Eduardo Nunez.
Sabathia didn't allow a baserunner until Ramirez singled in the fourth inning.
Hector Santiago was charged with seven hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings
for the White Sox.
Beckham homered and knocked in two runs, and Paul Konerko added an RBI double
for the White Sox, who came into this series with 10 consecutive defeats.
Gardner bunted for a hit to start the game and Soriano followed with a homer
to left field. Wells singled in Soriano in the third.
Nunez homered for the first time this season, a shot to left, leading off the
Beckham homered tight to the line in left in the fifth before the Yankees
wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth.
De Aza and Rios singled to put runners at the corners in the seventh before
Konerko doubled to left field. Beckham then followed with a grounder to
second base. Cano threw to third to get Konerko, but Rios scored. Sabathia
then retired the final two batters of the inning.
Chicago' six-game home winning streak against the Yankees is its longest since
1991. The Sox won seven consecutive home games against the Yankees in 1990 ...
It was the first time Rivera has thrown more than one inning since June 16,
2012 when he threw two against the Texas Rangers ... Soriano has 1,999 career
hits ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was ejected by home plate umpire
Greg Gibson in the bottom of the eighth inning ... The White Sox host
Minnesota in a day/night doubleheader Friday and will start John Danks in the
opener and Charles Leesman in the night contest. It will be Leesman's MLB
debut ... The Yankees head home to face AL Central-leading Detroit on Friday.
The Tigers won their 11th straight game Wednesday night by beating Cleveland
in 14 innings.
08/08 02:20:21 ET