NEW YORK -- This road trip hasn’t been kind to the White Sox.
A winless adventure through the American League East took a gut-wrenching turn on Tuesday night when the White Sox blew a late lead and fell to the New York Yankees 6-4 at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees rallied for five runs on six hits in the eighth inning against Chris Sale and three relievers to send the White Sox to their fifth straight loss.
“I definitely didn’t see that coming tonight,” designated hitter Adam Dunn said. “That’s kind of been the story. We’re not able to get the big hits to open up the game. Like tonight, they racked up a whole bunch of hits in a row and took the lead.”
Sale had been smooth for the first seven innings.
He even struck out Brett Gardner to start the eighth before he yielded the first two of five straight hits by the Yankees.
Derek Jeter singled on a changeup out of the strike zone, Robinson Cano doubled and Sale, who made 114 pitches, left with two on, one out and a 4-1 lead.
But White Sox manager Robin Ventura has seen this act before and knows how much of an impact a riled up Yankee Stadium crowd can make.
“Once it starts going and the crowd gets into it, the team feeds off it and it has happened for years,” Ventura said. “It’s hard to slow that down and be able to make pitches and get the stuff that you need. It’s a tough place.”
Nate Jones took over and gave up singles to Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez as New York cut the lead to 4-3. Donnie Veal then allowed a game-tying single to Curtis Granderson and left after a strikeout of Mark Reynolds.
Matt Lindstrom fared no better as he allowed a two-run, go-ahead double to Eduardo Nunez with two outs.
The stunning comeback robbed Sale of a victory.
The left-hander gave Yankees hitters a fit most of the night.
With an outstanding slider in tow, Sale breezed through seven innings. New York didn’t make much hard contact and scored their only run when the White Sox committed a pair of errors in the second inning.
Sale allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits with a walk, a hit batsmen and six strikeouts.
“Any loss is tough, but crazy things happen in this game of baseball,” Sale said. “That’s why it’s never over till the last out is made. I’ve been on that end of it too. Regroup and come back tomorrow.”
The White Sox gave Sale ample support.
They started early when Gordon Beckham doubled with one out in the first inning and Adam Dunn singled him in to make it 1-0.
Then in the fifth, the White Sox broke another tie.
After Alejandro De Aza singled to start the fifth inning and stole second base Beckham worked an 11-pitch walk against Yankees starter Hirokia Kuroda. Alexei Ramirez then grounded one just inside the base at third and the ball skipped away from left fielder Alfonso Soriano for a two-run triple and a 3-1 lead.
De Aza added to what must have seemed like a scoring barrage to Sale when he hit a long home run to right in the seventh inning off Kuroda, his 15th homer.