Anderson’s slam backs Rodón as White Sox top Yankees 5-2
NEW YORK — Tim Anderson hit his first career grand slam and Carlos Rodón pitched the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the scuffling New York Yankees on Sunday.
José Abreu nearly had a grand slam as well — to almost the same spot in the ballpark — but settled for a sacrifice fly when right fielder Aaron Judge made a jumping catch in front of the wall. Held to one hit Saturday in a 4-0 loss, Chicago chased Masahiro Tanaka with nobody out in the fifth and won for only the second time in eight games.
Yoan Moncada had three hits and a walk for the White Sox (5-9), who stole five bases in the last five innings — several of them uncontested. Chicago won two of three to take consecutive series in the Bronx for the first time since 2002-03. Before last August, the White Sox hadn’t captured a series at Yankee Stadium since 2005.
With the injury-ravaged Yankees (6-9) missing five dangerous regulars from their lineup, Judge did all he could in this one. He scored on Luke Voit’s double, lined an RBI single and threw out Moncada trying for a two-base hit. New York handed Tanaka (1-1) an early 2-0 lead, but he unraveled in the fourth and fifth as the Yankees lost their fifth in six games.
Rodón (2-2) allowed three hits in six innings and struck out five, improving to 3-0 in three starts at Yankee Stadium. Four relievers finished a four-hitter, with Alex Colomé getting three quick outs for his third save.
On deck for the Yankees, a visit from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the first meeting this season between longtime rivals both off to slow starts.
New York is 3-6 at home against the Orioles, Tigers and White Sox — all projected also-rans who lost at least 98 games last year.
Tanaka faced only 10 batters in the first three innings, striking out six, but then all of a sudden he fell apart. Eight of his next 10 hitters reached safely, and the right-hander was done.
Anderson, who began the day leading the majors with a .444 batting average, drove a fourth-inning splitter the opposite way and urged it with a waving hand into the front row of seats just beyond the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center for his third homer and Chicago’s first slam of the season.
Abreu added his sacrifice fly after Tanaka exited with the bases loaded in the fifth. Tanaka had permitted one earned run in each of his first three starts.