- Scott Powers, Reporter
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How it happened: The White Sox and Yankees went blow for blow on Monday. The Yankees went up 3-0, and the White Sox responded by taking a 5-3 lead. The Yankees rallied to take a 6-5 lead, and the White Sox tied the game at 6-6. In the seventh inning, the White Sox finally went ahead for good as Alexei Ramirez broke the tie with a two-run home run. Dewayne Wise, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn also homered for the White Sox. Derek Jeter led the Yankees with four hits, including a double and a home run. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs, four walks and hit one batter. Addison Reed picked up his 22nd save.
What it means: The White Sox snapped their three-game losing streak and extended their first-place lead in the American League Central to two games over the Detroit Tigers, who didn’t have a game on Monday.
Outside the box: Kevin Youkilis' 1,000th career hit no longer came on Saturday. On Monday, Major League Baseball reversed an official’s ruling from Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and Youkilis was credited with a hit. That was his 999th hit, and he later recorded his 1,000th hit later in the game.
Rapid Reaction: The Sox hit four homers in a series-opening win over the Yankees.