Series: Game 2 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 2-0 (as of 4/26)

Game 1: Monday, April 25
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 26
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 27
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Game 4: Thursday, April 28
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White Sox 3

(10-14, 6-8 away)

Yankees 2

(12-8, 8-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 26, 2011

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    W: G. Floyd (3-1)

    L: R. Soriano (1-1)

    S: S. Santos (2)

    Brent Lillibridge's key catches help White Sox hold on against Yankees

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen discovered a new way to protect a late lead. He brought utility infielder Brent Lillibridge off the bench and then planted him in right field.

    Lillibridge made two spectacular catches in a row to save the White Sox in the ninth inning and Gavin Floyd pitched Chicago to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the suddenly slumping New York Yankees.

    "I found my closer -- Lillibridge," Guillen said. "We know he can play the outfield really well."

    The lightly used backup entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and scored on Paul Konerko's go-ahead homer off struggling setup man Rafael Soriano (1-1).

    Lillibridge stayed in the game in right field and, with two on in the ninth, raced back to the wall to make a terrific catch of Alex Rodriguez's opposite-field drive for the second out, robbing the slugger of a game-tying hit and keeping the runners at first and second.

    Robinson Cano then hit a line drive to right and Lillibridge charged in, making an all-out dive to snag the ball just inches off the grass for the final out.

    "We needed a break like that," Lillibridge said. "I'm glad he feels comfortable with me out there. I've always felt a part of this team."

    Floyd was already looking forward to watching the highlights on television.

    "Better be 1 and 2 on webgems tonight," he said.

    Floyd took a three-hitter into the ninth but was pulled after Derek Jeter led off with an infield single. Curtis Granderson sacrificed against Matt Thornton, and Mark Teixeira worked a walk.

    Guillen, still looking for a reliable closer in his shaky bullpen, called on Sergio Santos for the second consecutive night. He got two outs -- thanks to Lillibridge -- for his second straight save and Chicago's third in nine chances this season.

    "I haven't felt that alive in a long time," Santos said. "I haven't yelled that loud in my life -- ever."

    The last visiting pitcher to win at the old Yankee Stadium in 2008, Floyd (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 to win his second straight start. He walked one and threw 102 pitches, sending the White Sox to consecutive victories in New York for the first time since August 2005.

    Before arriving at Yankee Stadium, they had lost 10 of 11 overall.

    Cano and Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, held to three singles by journeyman Phil Humber and two relievers during a 2-0 loss in the series opener Monday night. This time, they wasted a strong start by rookie Ivan Nova, who left with a 2-1 lead after a career-high 6 1/3 innings.

    New York, now 18-5 following shutout losses since the start of the 2008 season, has lost two in a row for the first time this year.

    "Two incredible plays. Very courageous dive, because if the ball tips off his glove, the game's over," Rodriguez said.

    David Robertson preserved New York's narrow lead in the seventh, but Soriano hit Carlos Quentin with a one-out pitch in the eighth and Konerko sent his 371st career home run rocketing to left.

    "Bad month," Soriano said. "I'll take it and come back next month."

    After saving an AL-best 45 games for Tampa Bay last year, Soriano signed a $35 million, three-year contract with the Yankees in January to be the bullpen bridge -- and possible successor -- to star closer Mariano Rivera.

    But the right-hander has a 7.84 ERA in 11 appearances and was booed Tuesday night by the crowd of 40,785. He has given up nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings after yielding only 12 all last season.

    "I still believe he's going to be very, very good for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "I haven't lost my confidence in Rafael Soriano."

    "Tonight's the best his velocity has been. He just made a mistake to Konerko," the manager added. "Let's not forget he closed out 45 games last year in a tough division. I haven't seen anything that tells me he can't handle New York."

    The Yankees had three chances to retire Alex Rios in the fifth and never did it.

    Granderson was unable to make a shoestring catch on Rios' line-drive single to center. Rios then stole second, catching a break when Cano dropped a strong throw that could have been in time. Finally, Rios slid home ahead of the throw from right fielder Nick Swisher on Gordon Beckham's RBI single.

    Nova set down Brent Morel and Juan Pierre to minimize the damage. The right-hander, who beat Floyd 2-1 last August for his first career win, allowed five hits in his first start since April 15. It was the longest of his 11 major league starts.

    Game notes

    Before winning the first two games of the series, the White Sox were 0-11 when scoring three runs or fewer. ... Chicago LHP Mark Buehrle makes his fifth attempt at career win No. 150 on Wednesday night. RHP Bartolo Colon pitches for the Yankees. He beat Toronto 6-2 last Wednesday in his first big league start since 2009. ... Guillen said DH Adam Dunn could begin seeing time at first base on the team's next homestand.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
    Attendance40,785 (82.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:54
    Weather70 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind13 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook

    Research Notes

    The Yankees had 3 hits on Monday and 4 hits on Tuesday. This is the first time since July 2004 that the team has been held to 4 hits or fewer in consecutive home games. The last time they were held to 4 hits or fewer in 3 straight home games was May 1970.
    Rafael Soriano has allowed 2 runs tonight. This was the third time this season he allowed multiple runs in a game. He only had 2 such outings in all of 2010.
    How White Sox starter Gavin Floyd beat the Yankees: Effective curveball: Floyd threw 32 curveballs (31.4 percent of total pitches) and the Yankees struggled. They went 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in at-bats ending with a curveball. Continued success with two strikes: Floyd threw 29 pitches with two strikes, but retired 13 hitters, 10 by way of strikeout. This season, opponents are hitting .127 (8-for-63) with 33 strikeouts in two strike at-bats. Kept the ball down: Floyd threw a season-high 57 pitches down, including 31 down below the zone. The Yankees went 1-for-12 with three strikeouts, including four of the at-bats ending with a pitch down below the strike zone.
    Paul Konerko now has 10 home runs in the Bronx, all of which have come as a White Sox player. That's the third-most home runs for a White Sox player at the old-or-new Yankee Stadiums, behind Joe Kuhel (16) and Harold Baines (11).

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