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Eighth Inning Rally Pushes Yanks Over White Sox

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- When the Chicago White Sox turn to their bullpen, bad things tend to happen.

Tuesday night was no different when Chicago removed starting pitcher Chris Sale with a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the New York Yankees jumped all over White Sox relief pitching for a 6-4 win.

“It’s a great win for us,” Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi said. “We’re trying to gain ground on teams, and every game is important.”

With one out in the bottom half of the eighth inning, Sale, a 2013 All-Star, had already thrown 114 pitches but fell into some trouble after giving up a single to Derek Jeter and a double to Robinson Cano, placing runners on second and third.

“Just left a bad pitch to a great hitter and that’s what happens,” said Sale on Cano’s double. “I’m honestly lucky that the ball didn’t leave the park, as hard as he hit it.”

Nate Jones [4-5] was summoned to break up the Yankees’ hit party, but ended up giving up two runs after an Alfonso Soriano RBI-single up the middle made it 4-3, Chicago.

By giving up a single to Alex Rodriguez in left center-field [moving Soriano to third], Jones’ night was done in favor of Donnie Veal to get the White Sox out of the inning.

Veal wasted no time to prolong the inning, surrendering an RBI-single to pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson, enabling Rodriguez to score, tying the game at 4-4.

“I think the big thing was, let’s just see if we can get a couple on and go from there,” Granderson said. “Things just slowly started to chip away, and we were able to get Nunez up there to get a big hit and put us on top.”

The Yankees got two more runs in the eighth as Chicago turned to yet another bullpen arm in Matt Lindstrom. Lindstrom’s first challenge was Yankees’ shortstop Eduardo Nunez, and it was Nunez who made the most of the strike zone, smacking a Lindstrom offering far into left-field for a two RBI-double, and a 6-4 Yankees advantage.

“It was a 95 mph two-seam fastball that was 3 inches off the inside corner. I don’t know how he kept it fair. He swung the bat vertically,” Lindstrom said. “I don’t know if they were picking up our signs or what. … It didn’t go our way to say the least, but I made my pitch and it makes you wonder sometimes.”

The Pinstripes turned to Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, and Rivera continued to add to his long list of accomplishments by picking up his 40th save of the season. The 40 saves ties Rivera with former San Diego Padres’ closer Trevor Hoffman with nine such seasons.

The White Sox broke open a 1-1 game in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-triple by Alexi Ramirez through the hole at shortstop, that scored Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham to put Chicago ahead 3-1.

De Aza made it 4-1 Chicago with his career-high 15th home run of the season off Yankees’ starter Hiroki Kuroda, a solo-shot on a 1-2 pitch into right-field that ended Kuroda’s night.

Kuroda picked up the no-decision after allowing four earned runs in 6.1 innings, striking out seven White Sox batters. Yankees’ left-handed relief pitcher Boone Logan recorded his fifth win of the season, tossing a perfect eighth inning.

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