The Chicago White Sox took advantage of two key errors and beat the Yankees 5-4 Thursday night, and winning two of three from the AL East leaders.
"It's good," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every series for us is big. Hopefully, we'll win it. That's our wish. That's what we're working for. Hopefully, we'll continue to do that."
Javier Vazquez got his 100th career win in a game that started after a rain delay of nearly 1½ hours.
Tadahito Iguchi had his second straight three-hit game and Scott Podsednik broke a 1-for-14 slump with RBI singles in the second and sixth innings. The Yankees had their chances, too, but left nine runners in scoring position.
Rodriguez, recently plagued by wild throws, made his 19th error of the season and left fielder Melky Cabrera let a ball get past him, helping the White Sox score four times in the second inning.
"It's just frustrating," Rodriguez said. "You can't give those guys extra outs."
Chicago moved into second place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of Minnesota and 8½ behind Detroit, which visits U.S. Cellular Field this weekend.
"We have (10) games against the Tigers," Vazquez said. "I know they're playing great, but we can't concentrate on them. We know that if we play good baseball from here on, we might have a chance."
The Yankees' Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer in the third after missing Wednesday's game with a bruised right elbow. Cabrera added a two-run homer in the seventh.
Damon led off the game with a double down the left-field line and made a sliding catch on Paul Konerko's line drive to end the bottom half. He left Wednesday night's game with a stiff right groin.
Vazquez (11-6) struggled through five innings after striking out a season-high 13 against Toronto in his previous start. He allowed two runs and six hits, threw 111 pitches, struck out eight and walked a season-high six.
Reliever Neal Cotts left after Bobby Abreu's single put runners on first and third with one out in the sixth. Brandon McCarthy came in, and Rodriguez popped to Alex Cintron in shallow left.
Cintron then tossed the ball to third baseman Joe Crede, who fired the ball to first trying to double off Abreu. Umpire Eric Cooper called him safe, Guillen came out of the dugout and was quickly ejected. Fans chanted "Ozzie! Ozzie!" as the White Sox manager vehemently protested. Guillen also stopped to have words with plate umpire Bill Miller on his way to the dugout.
McCarthy struck out Giambi to end the inning, and the White Sox made it 5-2 in the bottom half on Brian Anderson's two-out double and Podsednik's second RBI single.
Mike Mussina (13-5) lost his second in a row after winning five consecutive decisions, allowing five runs (three earned) and eight hits in six innings.
Mussina didn't help his cause when he hit Jermaine Dye in the right hand leading off the second inning, but the defense faltered, Podsednik singled in a run, and just like that the White Sox had a 4-0 lead.
"It's tough with a team that good to give them that many outs," Mussina said. "Nothing good is going to happen when you give them four, five outs like that."
Dye moved to second when A.J. Pierzynski singled, and the defense unraveled from there.
Crede hit a grounder to third base, but Rodriguez hurried his throw to second and the ball sailed into right field. That allowed Dye to score the game's first run and put runners on the corners.
Crede and Pierzynski scored when Cabrera misplayed Cintron's single, allowing the ball to roll to the corner. Cintron took second and scored the fourth run on Podsednik's one-out single.
"I just tried to get two," Rodriguez said. "Looking back on it, I probably should have gotten the one."
- Abreu stole his 15th consecutive base -- and 24th this season -- when he swiped second in the third inning.
- With Juan Uribe out of the lineup for the fifth straight game with a stiff lower back, Cintron started at shortstop for the White Sox.
- Guillen's ejection was the eighth of his career and third this season.