Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago White Sox hit four home runs to rally past the New York Yankees 9-6 in a matchup of American League division leaders.
Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the White Sox in the seventh inning to snap a 6-6 tie last night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Adam Dunn hit his 36th home run of the season, the most in Major League Baseball, while Gordon Beckham and Dewayne Wise added homers for Chicago.
The AL Central-leading White Sox erased deficits of 3-0 and 6-5 to improve to 66-55 and extend their division lead over the Detroit Tigers to two games.
Derek Jeter had four hits for the Yankees to tie Eddie Murray for 12th place in MLB history with 3,255 career hits. The Yankees, who allowed all nine runs from the fifth inning on, fell to 72-50 and had their AL East lead over the Tampa Bay Rays cut to four games.
The Rays extended their winning streak to five games with yesterday’s 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The Baltimore Orioles are six games behind the Yankees after a 5-1 loss to AL West-leading Texas Rangers and cling to a half-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the second of the league’s two wild card playoff berths.
The Athletics lost 7-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night, when they acquired shortstop Stephen Drew in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson.
The Washington Nationals extended their lead atop the National League East by beating the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in 13 innings. The Nationals scored the winning run on an infield single by Chad Tracy and improved their record to an MLB-best 76-46. They hold a six-game division lead over the Braves (70-52), who lead the NL wild card race.
The San Francisco Giants moved atop the NL West with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers as Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings. Pablo Sandoval drove in both runs for the Giants (67-55), who took a half-game lead over the Dodgers (67-56) in the division. The Dodgers are a half-game behind Pittsburgh for the second of the NL’s two wild card spots. The Pirates fell to 67-55 with yesterday’s 3-1 loss in San Diego.
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