" Setting the bar: There were all sorts of firsts in this game: it was the first time in history two teams each scored eight-plus runs in the second inning; the first time the White Sox won a game in which their starter allowed eight or more runs in fewer than two innings, and the first time Roger Clemens has allowed nine or more hits in an inning.
" Hero: Jermaine Dye hit two homers to accompany his two-double, four-RBI day. It was his 17th career multi-homer game.
" A-Rod watch: Alex Rodriguez snapped an 0-21 skid with an RBI single in the second, but remains one home run shy of 500.
" Quotable: "You put up an eight-spot and they come right back and put up an 8-spot. It's weird." -- Dye
" Quotable II: "It's a funny thing because of who is on the mound. You have a Hall of Famer and a guy who regularly wins like 17 games every year, and if you came to the ballpark today, you wouldn't expect to see that." -- Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
-- ESPN.com news services
White Sox 13, Yankees 9
NEW YORK (AP) -- All these runs, all these hits, and not one
single homer for Alex Rodriguez.
On a day of crazy 8s, the White Sox and New York Yankees scored
eight runs each in the second-highest scoring second inning in major
league history. Jermaine Dye homered twice and doubled twice,
including a go-ahead drive that led Chicago to a 13-9 victory
"You put up an 8-spot and they come right back and put up an
8-spot. Dye said. "It's weird."
New York had 33 in the series and 39 hits -- 15 of them homers.
But there were no home runs by A-Rod, who ended a career-high
hitless streak at 22 at-bats when he singled in the second.
Rodriguez went 2-for-5 and keeps up his quest to become the
youngest player to reach 500 homers on Friday against Kansas City --
the team that allowed No. 499 on July 25.
"I didn't try to do too much," Rodriguez said. "Back to work
After losing the first two games of the series 16-3 and 8-1, the
White Sox took an 8-0 lead as Dye doubled twice in the second
against Roger Clemens, who left after five outs in his shortest
outing since June 14, 2000, when he got just three outs against
Boston. Jon Garland didn't do much better, and the second inning
dragged on for exactly 1 hour and 90 pitches.
"It's a funny thing because of who is on the mound," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You have a Hall of Famer and a guy
who regularly wins like 17 games every year, and if you came to the
ballpark today, you wouldn't expect to see that."
It was only the second time in major league history both teams
scored eight or more in an inning. The first was on May 8, 2004,
when visiting Detroit got eight and Texas had 10 in the fifth
inning of the Rangers' 16-15, 10-inning win. The 16 runs combined
were a record for a second inning, two more than the previous mark.
"One of a kind, that's for sure," Rodriguez said. "That was a
Dye homered off Jeff Karstens (0-2) for a 10-8 lead in the
fourth and hit a solo shot to center field in the eighth off Kyle
Farnsworth. Paul Konerko also homered and had three hits for
Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak.
Designated hitter Jim Thome left the game because of back spasms
and third baseman Alex Cintron left because of an upset stomach in
the fifth inning. Then Darin Erstad fell down while flying out to
center in the sixth and left because of cramps.
Guillen said Thome will rest Friday at Detroit, but Erstad and
Cintron could possibly play.
Clemens was booed off the mound after allowing eight runs and
nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Garland gave up eight runs and nine
hits in 1 1/3 innings. Five relievers allowed just six hits the
rest of the way, and only Ryan Bukvich allowed a run, Bobby Abreu's
solo shot leading off the sixth.
Only three of Chicago's runs off Clemens were earned thanks to
the first of Robinson Cano's two errors. The second baseman
mishandled Jerry Owens' grounder near the bag with one out before
Clemens dove and flipped the ball to Jorge Posada at the plate
after Cintron's dribbler to get Erstad. After that, the next four
batters all got hits before manager Joe Torre replaced Clemens.
"Everything was flat out there, up in the zone a lot," Posada
Making his last start before turning 45, the Rocket pitched a
perfect first inning before the White Sox got to him with a series
of singles and doubles that eluded fielders. When Torre replaced
him with left-hander Mike Myers, the fans at Yankee Stadium booed
loudly, but the boos faded to polite applause by the time Clemens
trudged to the dugout.
"When you can't stop the activity that's going on, it's
disappointing," Clemens said. "Robby plays his tail off. ... If
you make a good pitch, you're going to get out of it."
New York came back quickly, getting five straight hits off
Garland, including Wilson Betemit's three-run homer and Rodriguez's
RBI single. Betemit, acquired this week and making his first start
for New York, received a curtain call.
After that, Garland was removed for Boone Logan (2-0), who
allowed a tying, two-run double to Posada, but got a grounder from
Cano that brought the inning to an end. Finally.
New York dropped three games back of Cleveland, the AL
wild-card leader. ... Chicago activated RHP Mike MacDougal from the
15-day DL before the game. He pitched two innings of one-hit
relief. ... Posada was hurt in a collision at the plate with Danny
Richar to end the eighth. He was removed for Jose Molina in the
bottom half, but said he was fine and would most likely play
Friday. ... The White Sox wore their black alternate jerseys,
despite a game-time temperature of 94 degrees. They wore grays the
night before. ... There was a moment of silence before the game to
remember the victims of Wednesday's bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
... Derek Jeter pinch hit for Betemit in the seventh. ... Clemens
hadn't allowed that many runs since Aug. 29, 2003, when all nine
runs he gave up against the White Sox were earned.