Sox Pen Collapses in 8th, Yankees Get Comeback Victory

By Colleen Kane Tribune reporter9:16 p.m. CDT, September 3, 2013

NEW YORK – The White Sox extended their East Coast road trip losing streak to five games on Tuesday night with a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

The Yankees rocked four Sox pitchers with six hits in a five-run eighth inning to pull off the victory.

After allowing three hits through the first seven innings, Sox starter Chris Sale gave up two hits before giving way to Nate Jones, who entered with runners on second and third with one out.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run single to cut the White Sox lead to 4-3. Curtis Granderson hit an RBI single off reliever Donnie Veal to tie it, and Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double off reliever Matt Lindstrom to take the lead.

The Sox looked like they were finally in control early in the game.

Adam Dunn hit an RBI single off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning. In the fifth, Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez dodged a pitch near his head and then hit a two-run triple to left field on the next pitch. And Alejandro De Aza hit his 15th home run of the season in the seventh to extend the Sox lead to 4-1.

The Yankees scored their only run of the first seven innings on a double steal, with Vernon Wells sliding home just before Josh Phegley could make the tag on a throw from Gordon Beckham. The Sox committed two errors in the inning.

After they were swept by the Red Sox, the White Sox turned in a performance manager Robin Ventura characterized as “terrible” in a 9-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Sale entered Tuesday with a 10-12 record and 2.99 ERA. He earned a victory in his last start with a four-hit, 12-strikeout performance in eight innings against the Astros.

Kuroda was 11-10 with a 2.89 ERA heading into the game.

Right-handed starter Erik Johnson, infielder Marcus Semien, right-handed reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez were called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.

None was in the starting lineup, but Johnson is set to make his major league debut on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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