How it happened: First the White Sox crashed Mariano Rivera’s farewell party on the South Side as a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Hall of Fame-bound closer a blown save. It was Rivera’s third blown save this year and the 77th of his career. Gordon Beckham doubled with two outs in the ninth and Adam Dunn tied it on a pinch-hit RBI single. After the Yankees took the lead in the 12th on a home run from Robinson Cano, Alejandro De Aza won it with a two-out, two-run triple off reliever Adam Warren. Beckham had two RBIs in the game, while Paul Konerko had an RBI double. The White Sox trailed 4-0 after four innings. Hector Santiago had a rocky start for the White Sox, giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
What it means: In his last outing at U.S. Cellular Field, Rivera failed to do what he does best. Entering the game to a standing ovation and asked to protect a one-run lead, Rivera got fly outs from Alex Rios and Paul Konerko before Beckham and Dunn got their back-to-back hits. His career save total at U.S. Cellular Field will remain at 21. He has 41 saves in his career against the White Sox. Rivera was recognized Tuesday with a framed box score of his first outing at U.S. Cellular Field in 1995 and a photo collage from when the Yankees played in Chicago in the first game after play was suspended because of 9/11. The White Sox also donated $4,200 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in Rivera’s name.
Outside the box: Santiago, a native of Newark, N.J., had been on a roll until facing the Yankees. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in his 5 2/3 innings of work. It was the first time he had given up more than three earned runs in an outing since June 28 against the Cleveland Indians. He entered with a 2.75 ERA over his last six starts.
Off beat: It took a century and needed a pair of improbable comebacks to do it, but the White Sox have finally swept the Yankees in consecutive series of at least three games. The last time it happened was in 1913 when the White Sox swept a four-game series after sweeping a three-game set in 1912. The White Sox swept the Yankees at home in August of last season and did it again this week. It was the White Sox’s first three-game sweep since May 24-26 when they turned the trick against the Miami Marlins.
Up next: After a day off Thursday, the White Sox will return to action Friday with a day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. John Danks (2-9, 4.52 ERA) will start in the 1:10 p.m. CT opener, while Charlie Leesman (0-0, 0.00) will make his major league debut in the 7:10 p.m. second game.