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ChiSox rally in ninth, 12th to complete sweep of Yankees

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CHICAGO -- Hours after Alex Rodriguez dug in for a fight, the New York Yankees looked like they might be down for the count.

It'll be hard to pick themselves up after this.

Alejandro De Aza's game-winning triple in the 12th rallied the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 victory against the Yankees on Wednesday night, after Rodriguez appealed his suspension earlier in the day.

The Rodriguez story took another turn, two days after he was hit with a 211-game punishment following MLB's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The players' union formally appealed the suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.

Then, the Yankees fell for the 14th time in 20 games after Mariano Rivera blew the lead in the ninth and Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead home run in the 12th.

They're 11 games out of first place, a stunning number for a team that hadn't been 10 or more games off the lead since Sept. 17, 2008.

"We're battling," Rivera said.

The White Sox rallied with two outs in the bottom half against Adam Warren (1-2).

Tyler Flowers singled off the pitcher's glove and moved to third on a single by Alexei Ramirez. De Aza followed with a triple to right-center, giving the White Sox their third consecutive victory after a 10-game losing streak.

The Yankees looked like they were going to come away with the win when Cano broke out of a 6 for 43 slump by driving a pitch from Dylan Axelrod (4-8) 431 feet to right-center. The home run -- his 22nd -- was his first since July 10.

The Yankees built an early 4-0 lead and were up one going into the ninth, but Rivera couldn't hold it.

Baseball's all-time saves leader, came in to a standing ovation and retired the first two batters before Gordon Beckham doubled.

A pinch-hitting Adam Dunn then drove a single just to the left of a diving Rodriguez at third on an 0-2 pitch to tie it at 4.

The blown save was only the third in 38 opportunities for Rivera, who allowed one run over two innings. And it denied CC Sabathia his first victory in more than a month after he pitched into the eighth.

"You don't expect to tie it up off the greatest closer ever, but I guess with our team that makes perfect sense," Chicago's Paul Konerko said, smiling.

Rodriguez picked up a single and walked in his third game back after having hip surgery in January. He also had a chance to drive in the go-ahead run with two out in the 11th but grounded out with a runner on third. Then, he was replaced in the field in the bottom half.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer off Hector Santiago and scored twice. Eduardo Nunez went deep and collected three hits, and Sabathia was in line for his first win since July 3 before things turned.

He gave up three runs and five hits, including a towering homer to Beckham in the fifth.

The White Sox pulled within 4-3 in the seventh on an RBI double by Konerko and fielder's choice grounder by Beckham, and Sabathia left after Conor Gillaspie grounded out leading off the eighth.

David Robertson came in and struck out Tyler Flowers looking on a 3-2 pitch, drawing an argument from the White Sox player and an ejection for pitching coach Don Cooper in the dugout.

Alexei Ramirez then singled and stole second, but De Aza grounded out to end the inning.

Santiago struggled, allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, but the bullpen kept the White Sox in the game.

As for A-Rod, Rodriguez was 1 for 5 after going a combined 2 for 6 the previous two nights. He was also back at third base after serving as the designated hitter on Tuesday.

The fans' reaction was about the same as it was in his first two games -- loud boos. It'll be interesting how the crowd at Yankee Stadium reacts when New York opens a weekend series against Detroit on Friday.

"I'm not sure," Rodriguez said.

How would he like them to react?

"Same way you would like them," Rodriguez said. "Again, I'm just super excited to come home, put on the pinstripes and play for the greatest fans in baseball."

Notes

  • Austin Romine started his second straight game at catcher for the Yankees. Girardi said there is nothing wrong with Chris Stewart.
  • Dayan Viciedo was back in the White Sox's lineup as the designated hitter -- not the left fielder -- after missing a game because of a jammed left thumb.
  • Both teams are off Thursday.
  • The White Sox have a day-night doubleheader against Minnesota on Friday, with LHP John Danks starting the first game and LHP Charlie Leesman making his major league debut in the nightcap.
  • RHP Ivan Nova starts Friday for the Yankees, with RHP Rick Porcello pitching for Detroit.
 
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Alejandro De Aza celebrates his triple to beat the Yankees in the 12th after Mariano Rivera blows a save chance in the ninth. (USATSI)
Alejandro De Aza celebrates his triple to beat the Yankees in the 12th after Mariano Rivera blows a save chance in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

E. Nunez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF6110014 .270
Alfonso Soriano, LF3222100 .253
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF2010001 .278
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5010112 .273
Robinson Cano, 2B5111103 .287
Vernon Wells, DH6021013 .241
Curtis Granderson, RF-LF5000133 .217
Eduardo Nunez, SS4131200 .232
Lyle Overbay, 1B6000045 .246
Austin Romine, C3000222 .208
Totals455115812  
Batting
2B - Eduardo Nunez (9, Santiago)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (19, Santiago), Robinson Cano (22, Axelrod), Eduardo Nunez (1, Santiago)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (57), Robinson Cano (71), Vernon Wells (39), Eduardo Nunez (12)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (15)
SB - Brett Gardner (19, 2nd base off Reed/Flowers), Vernon Wells (5, 2nd base off Santiago/Flowers), Eduardo Nunez (5, 2nd base off Axelrod/Flowers)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Nunez
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia 7.1533011 4.73
David Robertson (H,26) 0.2100010 1.72
Mariano Rivera (BS,3) 2211020 1.70
Adam Warren (L,1-2) 1.2422140 3.74
IBB - Beckham by Adam Warren
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 86-64, David Robertson 16-8, Mariano Rivera 31-23, Adam Warren 37-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 9-11, David Robertson 1-0, Mariano Rivera 2-2, Adam Warren 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 26, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 8, Adam Warren 10
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexei Ramirez, SS6130000 .286
Alejandro De Aza, CF6122012 .276
Alex Rios, RF5120000 .277
Paul Konerko, 1B5011011 .241
Gordon Beckham, 2B4222100 .310
Dayan Viciedo, DH3000001 .248
   a-Adam Dunn, PH-DH1011000 .227
   Jordan Danks, PR-DH1000012 .146
Casper Wells, LF5000032 .155
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5000000 .238
Tyler Flowers, C5110020 .200
Totals46612618  
a-singled for Viciedo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (11, Sabathia), Gordon Beckham (14, M. Rivera)
3B - Alejandro De Aza (3, Warren)
HR - Gordon Beckham (3, Sabathia)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (48), Paul Konerko (38), Gordon Beckham 2 (16), Adam Dunn (69)
2-OUT RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (17), Adam Dunn (36)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (24, 2nd base off Robertson/Romine), Alex Rios (26, 2nd base off Warren/Stewart), Jordan Danks (3, 2nd base off M. Rivera/Romine)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko-Gillaspie-Konerko
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Santiago 5.2744252 3.43
Ramon Troncoso 0000100 5.59
Donnie Veal 0.1000000 6.61
Matt Lindstrom 1100100 3.50
David Purcey 0.2100100 1.74
Nate Jones 1.1100130 3.79
Addison Reed 2000120 3.75
Dylan Axelrod (W,4-8) 1111121 5.25
IBB - Cano by Nate Jones
WP - Nate Jones (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 100-59, Ramon Troncoso 6-2, Donnie Veal 2-2, Matt Lindstrom 14-7, David Purcey 10-4, Nate Jones 31-16, Addison Reed 24-13, Dylan Axelrod 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 5-7, Donnie Veal 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-0, David Purcey 1-0, Addison Reed 2-2
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 26, Ramon Troncoso 1, Donnie Veal 1, Matt Lindstrom 4, David Purcey 3, Nate Jones 6, Addison Reed 7, Dylan Axelrod 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25707
Game Time - 4:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Al Porter