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Yankee Go Home

August 7 vs. N.Y. Yankees

Today's Game Rating:
One of the more satisfying wins in a dismal season.

Short Take: Alejandro De Aza hits a game-winning double in the 12th inning, and the Sox complete a sweep of the Yankees.

It wasn't looking good for the White Sox on Wednesday night. Pitcher Dylan Axelrod had served up a long home run to New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in the top of the 12th inning. The Sox were trailing 5-4, and their first two hitters had gone quietly in the bottom of the frame. For the second time in the game, the Yankees were one out away from avoiding a three-game sweep.

But then, shockingly, everything changed. Tyler Flowers beat out a lucky infield single off the glove of New York reliever Adam Warren (1-2). The Sox catcher advanced to third on a base hit by Alexei Ramirez. That set the stage for Alejandro De Aza, who laced a double to right-center, scoring both Flowers and Ramirez and giving the South Siders an improbable 6-5 win over the hated Bronx Bombers.

The victory is the Sox third straight after a 10-game losing streak. For the second straight season, they have swept the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.

The 12th-inning rally was the second comeback of the night for the Sox. Earlier, they had spoiled Mariano Rivera's retirement party with a two-out rally against the future Hall of Fame closer. The Sox trailed 4-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, and Rivera quickly retired the first two hitters. But Gordon Beckham doubled and came around to score when Adam Dunn singled past a diving, roided-out Alex Rodriguez at third on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game at 4.

The Yankees had built a 4-0 lead against Sox starter Hector Santiago over the first four innings. The Sox started to chip away on Beckham's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. The South Siders added two more in the seventh. De Aza singled, advanced to third on a single by Alex Rios and scored on a double by Paul Konerko. Beckham's RBI fielder's choice cut the lead to 4-3, setting up Dunn to tie things in the ninth.

Seven Sox relievers combined for 6.1 innings of one-run ball. Axelrod (4-8) was the only reliever to give up a run, and he ended up getting the win as De Aza's big hit took him off the hook.

The Sox (43-69) will take their rare winning streak into a day off Thursday. They'll return to action Friday with a day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. John Danks (2-9, 4.52 ERA) will start in the opener at 1:10. Left-hander Charlie Leesman has been called up to make his major league debut in the 7:10 nightcap. Both games will air on Comcast SportsNet.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
I'll tell you what, Stone Pony, De Aza did his best YAZ impersonation right there in that 12th inning.

submitted by JB98.

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