Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Yankees 5

May, 23, 2014
May 23
11:08
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 in dramatic fashion Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the current four-game series.

How it happened: Adam Dunn ended the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Yankees reliever David Robertson. It was his eighth of the season and the 10th game-ending home run of his career. Hector Noesi recovered from a slow start to give up three runs on four hits over six innings. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead five batters into the game after Brian McCann's three-run homer. Adam Eaton helped manufacture runs in the first and fourth innings, while Alexei Ramirez gave the White Sox a brief 4-3 lead with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Relievers Scott Downs and Jake Petricka combined to allow two Yankees runs in the seventh inning.

What it means: The victory allowed the White Sox to reach the .500 mark after 50 games. The last time they were at .500 was May 10, when they were 19-19. They promptly lost their next three games. Chicago has been above .500 for just 10 games this season.

Outside the box: Ramirez has already moved past his total of six home runs during his disappointing 2013 season. The seven he's hit in 2014 put him on a pace to hit 23; his career-best home-run total is the 21 he hit as a rookie in 2008. Aside from a small spike in 2010, his HR totals had decreased every season.

Offbeat: When the White Sox bullpen coughed up a one-run lead in the seventh inning, it meant that Noesi was no longer in line for the victory. It also meant that he was unable to snap a string of 14 consecutive losing decisions dating to his last victory -- May 6, 2012, when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. He went 0-9 the remainder of that season, went 0-1 last year and is 0-4 this season.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (3-4, 5.64 ERA) to the mound Saturday against New York, which will counter with left-hander Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208