In a back-and-forth affair, the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees, 9-6, on Monday night to take Game 1 of the three-game series in Chicago.
After trailing 3-0, the White Sox scored five runs in the fifth inning. Hector Santiago promptly allowed three runs in the top of the sixth to give the Yanks a 6-5 advantage. But the Sox fought back, scoring one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one in the eighth -- all on home runs.
The game was an offensive showcase, as both starting pitchers were chased away early. Freddy Garcia lasted 4 1/3 innings for the Yanks, allowing five earned runs while striking out eight. Gavin Floyd only managed 2 1/3 innings for the ChiSox, after allowing nine base runners (five hits, four walks) and three earned runs in that time.
The Yankees extended their MLB lead in home runs to 191, while the White Sox pulled into a second-place tie with Toronto after bashing four to push their season total to 161.
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