The Chicago White Sox snapped their first 10-game losing streak since 1976 on Monday evening and carried that momentum into Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first from a wild pitch by Chris Sale. Yankees’ left fielder and former Cub, Alfonso Soriano, scored the run.
Alejandro De Aza kept the Yankees’ lead at one in the third, throwing out Brett Garnder at the plate, with Garnder electing not to slide.
Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hit a line drive single to right to score Adam Dunn in the fourth to tie the game 1-1.
In the fifth, it was the Sox ace pitcher Sale holding the Yankees at bay. Sale loaded the bases with a walk to Robinson Cano following singles by Austin Romine and Soriano. Sale would get out of the jam by getting Vernon Wells to ground out into a force.
With one out in the sixth, designated hitter Paul Konerko beat out a potential inning-ending double play to score Alexei Ramirez to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
De Aza doubled on a line drive to right field to drive in Beckham for a 3-1 lead in the seventh.
Alex Rodriguez remained the main topic of conversation at the ballpark one day after his 211 game suspension was handed down by Major League Baseball.
Sale allowed five hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings highlighted by getting out of the bases loaded jam in the fifth.
Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28 ERA) and C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78 ERA) are the projected starters for the series finale on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. CT (CSN, WSCR 670)