For the first seven innings of the game, everything seemed hopeless for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda had the Yankees in a 4-1 hole while Chris Sale had a dominating performance, keeping the Yankees off balance. However, one base-hit from Derek Jeter started a rally that scored five runs in the eighth inning, the final blow coming from the bat of Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in one of the most exhilarating victories this season.
Kuroda had one of his better starts after an abysmal August, going 6.1 IP, giving up four runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts. Boone Logan (5-2), pitched a scoreless eighth, handing the ball over to Mariano Rivera who notched his 40th save of the season.
The Yankees were already in a deep hole in the first inning after a RBI triple by Alexi Ramirez, plating Alejandro De Aza. However, the Yankees were able to steal a run in the second inning when Vernon Wells and Eduardo Nunez executed the double steal, Nunez stealing second and Wells stealing home. The White Sox scored again in the fifth when Alexi Ramirez plated both De Aza and Gordon Beckham on a triple and in the seventh on a De Aza home run.
Chris Sale had the Yankees hitters at bay until one out into the eighth inning when Derek Jeter started the rally off with a single. With Robinson Cano on base, Alfonso Soriano drove in both Jeter and Cano against RHP Nate Jones. The White Sox went to the pen again, getting LHP Donnie Veal in to pitch to pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson, who lined a single, scoring Soriano. The big hit of the inning came off the bat of Eduardo Nunez who doubled off RHP Matt Lindstrom, scoring both Alex Rodriguez and Granderson. A loss from the Baltimore Orioles vaulted the Yankees ahead of them in the Wild Card race, being two behind the Tampa Bay Rays as the Rays began their game against the Los Angeles Angels.
- After the game, the Yankees announced that LHP David Huff (2-0, 1.13 ERA)will start on Saturday vs. the Boston Red Sox. Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.86 ERA) who hasn’t won since July 2nd, will move to the Yankees bullpen.
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