CHICAGO (AP) Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, Adam Dunn added his major league leading 36th an inning later and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 9-6 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Ramirez connected with two outs in the seventh off Boone Logan (4-2) for his seventh homer of the season. Brett Myers (2-1) got the win by pitching two-thirds of an inning. Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances as the White Sox won the opener in a three-game series between two first-place teams.
Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham also homered for Chicago.
New York’s Derek Jeter homered and had four hits, tying Eddie Murray for 11th place on the career hits list (3,255). He also took over 13th place on the runs scored list (1,845), passing Craig Biggio.
Wise hit a two-run homer for Chicago as the White Sox scored five times in the fifth for a 5-3 lead, but the Yankees quickly went ahead in the top of the sixth on Jeter’s solo homer and RBI singles by Mark Teixeira and pinch-hitter Casey McGehee.
However, Beckham homered off Joba Chamberlain to start the bottom of the sixth, tying it at 6.
The Yankees scored three early runs against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who was wild from the outset and lasted only 2 1-3 innings.
Wise, designated for assignment by the Yankees in July, hit his sixth homer in the fifth, shortly after umpires reversed a call and ruled that an apparent double by Ramirez was a foul ball.
Ramirez led off with a bouncer over third that third base umpire Bill Welke ruled a fair ball with Ramirez reaching on second. But after an umps’ conference, they reversed the call and ruled it was foul. White Sox manager Robin Ventura came out of the dugout for an explanation but the changed call stood and Ramirez then struck out. At the time it was a pivotal call because Beckham followed with a single and then Wise homered.
Kevin Youkilis followed with a single and Dunn and Paul Konerko walked to load the bases and finish Yankees starter Freddy Garcia. Chicago tied it on Alex Rios’ fielder’s choice grounder.
A.J. Pierzynski greeted reliever Clay Rapada with an RBI single to center, giving Chicago a 4-3 lead and after the Yankees brought in their fourth pitcher of the inning in Chamberlain, Dayan Viciedo hit another run-scoring single.
Jeter hit the game’s first pitch for a single, tying him with Nap Lajoie for 12th place on the career list. Nick Swisher walked before Beckham made a nice back-handed stop on Robinson Cano’s grounder to get a force at second. Teixeira hit an RBI single and Eric Chavez a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Curtis Granderson hit a bases-loaded single to make it 3-0 in the second before Rios’ strong throw from right cut down Cano at the plate for the final out.
Garcia lasted 4 1-3 innings. He gave up six hits and five runs with eight strikeouts.
Floyd threw 50 pitches in the first two innings and was yanked after just 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season, when he gave up five hits, three runs and four walks.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this week and manager Joe Girardi said how the left-hander feels after that workout could determine if he can come off the DL and return to the rotation. … White Sox CF and leadoff hitter Alejandro de Aza missed his third straight game with a sore back…. During his five seasons over two stints with the White Sox, Garcia was 55-31 and had a 3-0 mark in the 2005 playoffs, including the World Series clincher.
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