The White Sox broke a 10-game losing streak with their win over the Yankees on Monday night, and they maintained the positive energy to stretch the streak to two games Tuesday with a 3-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Yankees pulled ahead 1-0 in the first when Sox catcher Josh Phegley couldn’t locate a wild pitch from starter Chris Sale. Yankee left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who stole second, scored to give the Yankees the early lead.
Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hit a single to right field to drive in Adam Dunn in the fourth inning to tie it at 1-1.
With runners on the corners and one out in the sixth, Paul Konerko knocked a Hiroki Kuroda pitch down the left-field line and beat a potential double play to allow Alexei Ramirez to score and give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Alejandro De Aza’s double to right field drove in Gordon Beckham to make it 3-1 in the seventh.
The Alex Rodriguez sideshow returned for another night one day after he was suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
Rodriguez was set to be the designated hitter in his second game back since offseason hip surgery.
A day after totaling 11 hits in the first three innings, the Sox were cool early at the plate, but still kept it close behind Sale, who allowed five hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings.
“It was kind of long overdue,” Beckham said before Tuesday’s game. “We were not scoring runs. We were bound to have a game where we broke out. There was definitely some energy yesterday because of everything going around with the other team and there were a lot of people in the stands for us. That helped, and we got in there and played a better game.”