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McCann's pinch-hit HR lifts Yanks over WSox in 10

By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) Brian McCann began the day on the bench and ended it all wet, soaking up his best moment in pinstripes.

McCann lined a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday that gave the New York Yankees a 7-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

''It just shows you that he had stayed ready all day. Mentally, he was ready,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double for the resurgent Yankees, who rallied against All-Star ace Chris Sale en route to their fourth straight victory following a 2-7 slide. Desperately chasing a playoff spot, they finished a 4-2 homestand against two losing teams by getting their second game-ending hit against Chicago in three days.

Carlos Beltran doubled off Jake Petricka (0-3) with two outs in the 10th, and Chase Headley was intentionally walked. McCann, batting for backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, laced a full-count changeup over the 314-foot sign in the right-field corner.

A fired-up McCann pumped his fist and shouted as he rounded first base, then threw down his helmet when he approached a swarm of happy teammates at home plate. Two buckets of liquid were dumped over his head. Someone even slapped a pair of sunglasses on his face.

''I don't know what was going on. I just know that was an amazing moment I'll never forget,'' McCann said. ''Walk-off home runs don't happen in your career every day. So when you hit one, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.''

McCann joined the Yankees as a prized free agent last offseason, signing an $85 million, five-year contract. But his first year in New York hasn't been easy, and he's hitting only .235 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs.

''Just so exciting. He's such a great presence in the clubhouse,'' Yankees starter Chris Capuano said. ''To watch him have that moment was great.''

Avisail Garcia hit a tying homer in the ninth for the White Sox, who have lost a season-high six in a row and 13 of 17 overall. Chicago has dropped its last eight games at Yankee Stadium since winning on June 29, 2012.

New York scored four unearned runs off Sale in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, capitalizing on an error by left fielder Dayan Viciedo. Sale walked two batters and hit rookie Zelous Wheeler on the leg with a first-pitch breaking ball, forcing in a run.

''Things just kind of unraveled for me,'' Sale said. ''That stuff is going to happen. You have to find a way to get through that.''

Suzuki capped the outburst with a two-run single, making him the first left-handed batter to drive in a run against Sale since Minnesota star Joe Mauer on Aug. 17, 2013, according to STATS.

After striking out his first three times up, Garcia led off the ninth with a home run against Yankees closer David Robertson, who had converted 22 consecutive save chances since June 5 - the longest active streak in the majors.

David Huff (3-1) threw a called third strike past slugger Jose Abreu with two on to end the top of the 10th.

''I was trying to throw a ball there,'' said Huff, who didn't want to give Abreu anything to hit. ''I was missing some spots, in a good way.''

Alexei Ramirez hit his first career leadoff homer and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run shot for the White Sox.

RESPECT

New York saluted White Sox captain Paul Konerko before his final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter presented Konerko with an encased and autographed base, and the two posed for photos behind home plate. ''As far as that whole retirement thing, it is probably the highlight of the year for me so far,'' Konerko said. ''Definitely a classy move by them. I certainly did not expect it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: CF Adam Eaton (strained right oblique) went 2 for 5 with a double and a run Saturday night in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Eaton was scheduled to play for Charlotte again Sunday and probably Monday, manager Robin Ventura said.

Yankees: LF Brett Gardner sat out with a sore ankle on his 31st birthday. ''We're hoping it's just today,'' Girardi said. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow ligament) felt good after throwing 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Saturday and is scheduled for another simulated game Thursday in Detroit, Girardi said. ... RHP David Phelps (elbow inflammation) will stay home to play catch when the team goes on the road this week.

UP NEXT

Chicago is off Monday before opening a seven-game homestand Tuesday night, with LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25 ERA) facing Cleveland LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.80).

New York begins an important seven-game road trip Monday night with RHP Michael Pineda (2-2, 2.05 ERA) on the mound against Kansas City RHP James Shields (12-6, 3.28) in the makeup of a June 9 rainout. After that, the Yankees visit Detroit and Toronto.

BUSY WEEKEND

Garcia hit an opposite-field shot to the short porch in right on Robertson's first pitch. Robertson pitched in all three games during the series and ended up with a win, a save and a blown save.

 
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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Alexei Ramirez, SS5111011.285.318.418
Carlos Sanchez, 2B5020000.316.316.368
Jose Abreu, 1B5120022.308.366.598
Avisail Garcia, RF4111032.241.297.483
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4112000.303.357.451
Paul Konerko, DH4000030.229.271.360
Dayan Viciedo, LF4010000.233.279.397
Tyler Flowers, C3000010.235.296.355
Jordan Danks, CF4010002.190.270.278
Chris Sale, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000.000.000.000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals38494010    
Batting
HR - Alexei Ramirez (12, Capuano), Avisail Garcia (4, Robertson), Conor Gillaspie (6, Capuano)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez (60), Avisail Garcia (11), Conor Gillaspie 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Gillaspie 2 (26)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gillaspie-A. Ramirez-Abreu, Gillaspie-A. Ramirez-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Dayan Viciedo (8, Dropped fly)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale 6440370 2.03
Zach Putnam 1100000 1.99
Javy Guerra 1.1100110 2.88
Jake Petricka (L,0-3) 1.1233121 2.57
IBB - Drew by Javy Guerra, Headley by Jake Petricka
HBP - Wheeler (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 102-63, Zach Putnam 13-7, Javy Guerra 24-14, Jake Petricka 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 4-8, Zach Putnam 1-1, Jake Petricka 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 27, Zach Putnam 3, Javy Guerra 6, Jake Petricka 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Derek Jeter, SS5000002.265.314.317
Martin Prado, LF5110021.270.313.385
Mark Teixeira, 1B5111011.233.335.434
Carlos Beltran, DH4210100.239.298.429
Chase Headley, 3B3110212.234.311.354
Francisco Cervelli, C3100132.278.339.435
   a-Brian McCann, PH1113000.235.288.391
Zelous Wheeler, RF2001021.243.263.405
   Jacoby Ellsbury, CF1010000.277.341.399
Ichiro Suzuki, CF-RF4022001.283.328.331
Brendan Ryan, 2B3000013.213.259.253
   b-Stephen Drew, PH-2B0000100.172.251.317
Chris Capuano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rich Hill, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Warren, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Huff, P0000000.333.333.333
Totals36787510    
a-homered for Cervelli in the 10th
b-was walked intentionally for Ryan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (9, Sale), Carlos Beltran (21, Petricka), Chase Headley (17, Sale)
HR - Brian McCann (15, Petricka)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (54), Brian McCann 3 (54), Zelous Wheeler (4), Ichiro Suzuki 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 3 (25), Zelous Wheeler (1), Ichiro Suzuki 2 (5)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (35, 2nd base off Guerra/Flowers)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Zelous Wheeler 1
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 6633052 4.37
Esmil Rogers (H,2) 0.2000010 5.35
Rich Hill (H,1) 0.1000000 3.86
Adam Warren (H,19) 1000010 3.38
David Robertson (BS,3) 1111011 3.06
David Huff (W,4-1) 1200020 4.07
HBP - Flowers (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 97-60, Esmil Rogers 8-5, Rich Hill 3-2, Adam Warren 10-6, David Robertson 11-7, David Huff 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 7-5, Esmil Rogers 1-0, Adam Warren 1-1, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Esmil Rogers 2, Rich Hill 1, Adam Warren 3, David Robertson 4, David Huff 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43366
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tom Woodring