As much as Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn't want the team to rely on home runs as a source of offense, it sure didn't hurt Monday night. The Sox hit four home runs by four different hitters and the Sox snapped a three game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees 9-6 in the series opener at U.S. Cellular Field. Dewayne Wise, Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez and Adam Dunn all homered for the pale hose and out hit the Yankees offense 13 hits to 12. The game was a marathon of sorts lasting over 3 1/2 hours, but that hardly affected the Sox, who were happy to get on the winning side of the record after a disastrous weekend in Kansas City.
The game was hardly a pitcher's duel as Gavin Floyd and the Yankees' Freddy Garcia didn't even last five innings. Floyd was yanked midway through the third after giving up three earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out only one. The Sox offense started slow but took off in the bottom of the fifth by scoring five runs and taking a 5-3 lead over the Bronx bombers. The Yankees wouldn't go down quietly and tied the game 6-6 in the very next inning by putting up three runs of their own behind a solo home run by the ageless Derek Jeter. The Sox broke the tie in bottom half of the sixth off a Gordon Beckham solo homer and tacked on three more in their half of the seventh and eighth with a two run homer from Alexi Ramirez and Adam Dunn's solo shot.
The White Sox hope the bats stay hot the remainder of the series when they throw the up and down Francisco Liriano((4-10, 5.22) against strikeout pitcher Ivan Nova(11-6, 4.76). The Sox increased their lead in the A.L. Central by a half game due to the win against the Yankees while the Tigers had the day off before a series against Toronto begins on Tuesday.
QUICK WHITE SOX NOTES: Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza is expected to be placed on the DL by the team before Tuesday's game against the Yankees. De Aza has a strained oblique that he injured in last Friday's game against the Royals. De Aza leads the White Sox in runs(73) and stolen bases(21). In De Aza's place, the White Sox are expected to call up Jordan Danks from their Triple-A Charlotte squad.
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