Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Yankees 5
May, 23, 2014
By Doug Padilla
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.