Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Yankees leads 2-0 (as of 9/3)

Game 1: Monday, September 2
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NY Yankees9
Game 2: Tuesday, September 3
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NY Yankees6
Game 3: Wednesday, September 4
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White Sox 4

(56-81, 24-47 away)

Yankees 6

(74-64, 42-28 home)

Coverage:  YES

7:05 PM ET, September 3, 2013

Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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W: B. Logan (5-2)

L: N. Jones (4-5)

S: M. Rivera (40)

Five-run 8th propels Yankees past Chris Sale, White Sox

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Down by three against an All-Star pitcher who's had their number in the past, the New York Yankees put together a vintage comeback that kept them on track in the playoff chase.

Eduardo Nunez's two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied New York past the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night for its 12th victory in 14 home games.

Derek Jeter got the Yankees started -- just like old times -- and pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson tied the score with an RBI single. New York, which began the day 2½ games out of an AL wild-card spot, has won 16 of 23 overall.

"It's a great win for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "We're trying to gain ground on teams, and every game is important."

Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run triple and Alejandro De Aza homered to build a three-run lead for ace Chris Sale, but the last-place White Sox couldn't hold it. They dropped their fifth straight to start a 10-game trip against AL East contenders.

Sale was cruising along with a 4-1 cushion until Jeter singled with one out in the eighth. Robinson Cano drove a 1-2 pitch off the left-field fence for a double -- the third extra-base hit off Sale by a left-handed batter all season.

"Just left a bad pitch to a great hitter and that's what happens," Sale said. "I'm honestly lucky that the ball didn't leave the park, as hard as he hit it."

That got the crowd back in it and took Sale out of the game -- which was great news for the Yankees. The left-hander entered 2-0 with a 0.49 ERA and 24 strikeouts in two career starts against them, and was working on another gem until the eighth.

Alfonso Soriano grounded an 0-2 delivery from Nate Jones (4-5) up the middle for a two-run single that cut it to 4-3. Alex Rodriguez's single put runners at the corners, and Granderson lined a tying single off left-hander Donnie Veal.

"I think the big thing was, let's just see if we can get a couple on and go from there," Granderson said. "Things just slowly started to chip away, and we were able to get Nunez up there to get a big hit and put us on top."

Mark Reynolds struck out before Nunez roped a double off Matt Lindstrom into the left-field corner, putting New York ahead 6-4 in a half-inning that lasted 32 minutes.

"It was a 95 mph two-seam fastball that was 3 inches off the inside corner. I don't know how he kept it fair. He swung the bat vertically," Lindstrom said. "I don't know if they were picking up our signs or what. ... It didn't go our way to say the least, but I made my pitch and it makes you wonder sometimes."

Four of New York's six hits in the inning came from players who spent long stretches on the disabled list this season: Jeter, Rodriguez, Granderson and Nunez.

Boone Logan (5-2) pitched a perfect eighth, and Mariano Rivera struck out two of his three batters to reach 40 saves for the ninth time. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the major league record.

Jeter had two hits, giving him 3,315 to move ahead of Eddie Collins (3,313) for ninth on the career list.

"It's pretty amazing what he's accomplished," Girardi said.

De Aza hit his 15th homer in the seventh, making it 4-1 and chasing Hiroki Kuroda.

The 38-year-old righty, who had been hit hard in three straight losses on the road, gave up seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the American League's lowest-scoring team. He struck out seven and walked two.

Gordon Beckham doubled in the first inning and scored on Adam Dunn's single. Chicago was set up with the bases loaded and one out, but Kuroda fanned Avisail Garcia and got Conor Gillaspie to chase a full-count fastball that was up around his eyes.

New York tied it with an unearned run in the second after a pair of White Sox errors.

Vernon Wells reached on an infield single and scored on the front end of a double steal. With runners at the corners and two outs, Nunez took off for second and stopped in the middle of the basepath when catcher Josh Phegley threw down.

Wells slid in feet first ahead of a wide return throw from Beckham.

Game notes


After the game, Girardi said struggling RHP Phil Hughes will be moved to the bullpen. LHP David Huff will start Saturday against Boston. ... White Sox RHP Erik Johnson will start Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, his major league debut. CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91 ERA) pitches for New York. ... Jeter was hit by a pitch in the lower left leg his first time up but waved off trainer Steve Donohue. ... Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki were rested against Sale. Coming into the game, he had held left-handed hitters to a .140 average with 42 strikeouts in 129 at-bats this season.

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Game Information

StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
Attendance33,215 (67.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time3:06
Weather78 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind11 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Dan Bellino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Mike Everitt

Research Notes

Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs Tuesday, the first time in his career he's allowed at least four runs in four straight starts. Kuroda is pitching to an era over 7.00 in his last four starts after he had an ERA of 0.94 in his previous seven starts.
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Heading into Hiroki Kuroda's start at home Tuesday against the White Sox.... * Hiroki Kuroda is the 1st Yankees pitcher with 3 straight scoreless STARTS at home since Andy Pettitte in 2001. * Kuroda is looking to become the 1st Yankee to record 4 straight scoreless starts at home during the live ball era (since 1920). * Since June 25th (the last time Kuroda allowed a run at home), 64 other pitchers have allowed a run at Yankee Stadium including Phil Hughes who's allowed 22 (most of any player over that span).
- Opponents hit .167 with a .333 OPS on the first pitch in July, swinging 18.9% of the time. In August, they hit .563 with a 1.493 OPS, swinging just under 25% of the time. - Kuroda threw his splitter 31.3% of the time in July and just 18.4% in August. - Opponents hit .417 off the splitter in August after a paltry .143 in July. - Kuroda went to the splitter far less often with 2 strikes - over half of all 2-strike pitches in July (53.5%) and fewer than a third in July (29.4%). - Opponents swung-and-missed 34.9% of the time on 2-strike splitters in July and just 17.9% of the time on 2-strike splitters in August.

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