The Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 2-1 to complete a three-game series sweep as pitcher Chris Sale had 13 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.
Alex Rios hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the sixth inning last night in Chicago and Sale limited the Yankees to three hits and issued only one walk.
Derek Jeter’s homer was the lone run for the Yankees, who fell to 72-52 and had their lead over the Tampa Bay Rays atop the American League Eastern Division was cut to three games. The Rays (69-55) beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 yesterday for their sixth win in seven games.
“It was a rough stretch for us, but we’re through it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose team plays the opener of a three-game series tomorrow in Cleveland, told reporters. “We still have the lead.”
The White Sox improved to 68-55 and maintain a two-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The Tigers (66-57) yesterday beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.
The Texas Rangers lead the AL West by five games over the Oakland Athletics after a 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles that pushed their league-leading record to 72-51.
The Rays (69-55) are in position for one of the AL’s two wild-card playoff berths, while the A’s (67-56) beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 to move a half-game ahead of Orioles (67-57) for the second wild-card spot. The Tigers are one game behind with the Los Angeles Angels 3 1/2 back at 64-60 after a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.