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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Mets 4

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox kicked off an eight-game homestand with a 5-4 interleague victory over the New York Mets.

How it happened: With victory seemingly secured on a popup in the ninth inning, Gordon Beckham appeared to stumble over the foot of Addison Reed, while crashing into the legs of Conor Gillaspie, letting the ball drop and allowing the Mets to score the tying run. Alexei Ramirez then won it with a game-ending hit down the left-field line in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Sale mowed down the Mets, recording 13 strikeouts over his eight innings, but the Beckham error cost him his first victory since May 17. Tyler Flowers hit his seventh home run in the third inning.

What it means: Sale deserved the spotlight in this one, but for the second consecutive game it was a late-game defensive blunder that managed to steal the show. The White Sox lost to the Royals on Sunday when Ramirez couldn't make a play in the eighth inning. When Tuesday's victory was finally secured it had more of a sense of relief than joy. With most of the pregame talk centering around Mets rookie phenom pitcher Zach Wheeler, Sale turned the spotlight in his direction.

Outside the box: The White Sox continue to show that U.S. Cellular Field is not a friendly place for National League teams. Despite a home loss to the Cubs this season, the White Sox improved to 89-56 at home all-time in interleague play. The White Sox have won 10 of their last 13 series against National League teams and can make it 11 of 14 with a victory over the Mets in Wednesday's finale of the short two-game series.

Off beat: Ramirez remains one of two players in the major leagues to play every inning of his team's games. Only Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles has done the same. The list had three members before the Cubs' Starlin Castro was kept out of his team's lineup Tuesday at Milwaukee. Since the start of the 2009 season, Ramirez leads all major league shortstops in games 690 and innings played (6,103 2/3).

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (1-4, 5.40 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the brief two-game series. He will be opposed by Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.