CHICAGO – Alejandro De Aza's game-winning double in the 12th rallied the White Sox to a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, hours after New York's Alex Rodriguez appealed his suspension.
Rodriguez officially dug in for his fight two days after being hit with a 211-game punishment following MLB's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Then, the Yankees fell for the 14th time in 20 games after Mariano Rivera blew the lead in the ninth and Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead homer in the 12th.
The White Sox rallied with two out in the bottom half against Adam Warren (1-2).
Tyler Flowers singled off the pitcher's glove and moved to third on a single by Alexei Ramirez. De Aza followed with a double to right-center, giving the White Sox their third straight win after a 10-game losing streak.
The Yankees looked like they were going to come away with the win when Cano broke out of a 6 for 43 slump by driving a pitch from Dylan Axelrod (4-8) 431 feet to right-center. The home run — his 22nd — was his first since July 10.
The Yankees built an early 4-0 lead and were up one going into the ninth, but Rivera couldn't hold it.
Baseball's all-time saves leader, came in to a standing ovation and retired the first two batters before Gordon Beckham doubled.
A pinch-hitting Adam Dunn then drove a single just to the left of a diving Rodriguez at third on an 0-2 pitch to tie it at 4.
The blown save was just the third in 38 opportunities for Rivera, who allowed one run over two innings. And it denied CC Sabathia his first win in more than a month after he pitched into the eighth.
Rodriguez picked up a single and walked in his third game back after having hip surgery in January. He also had a chance to drive in the go-ahead run with two out in the 11th but grounded out with a runner on third. Then, he was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer off Hector Santiago and scored twice. Eduardo Nunez went deep and collected three hits, and Sabathia was in line for his first win since July 3 before things turned.
He gave up three runs and five hits, including a towering homer to Beckham in the fifth.
The White Sox pulled within 4-3 in the seventh on an RBI double by Paul Konerko and fielder's choice grounder by Beckham, and Sabathia left after Conor Gillaspie grounded out leading off the eighth.
David Robertson came in and struck out Tyler Flowers looking on a 3-2 pitch, drawing an argument from the White Sox player and an ejection for pitching coach Don Cooper in the dugout.
Alexei Ramirez then singled and stole second, but De Aza grounded out to end the inning.
Santiago struggled, allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings, but the bullpen kept the White Sox in the game.
As for A-Rod, well, it was more of the same for him as far as the reception goes. Fans tore into the three-time AL MVP again, just as they did in his first two games.
Rodriguez was 1 for 5 after going a combined 2 for 6 the previous two nights. He was also back at third base after serving as the designated hitter on Tuesday.
NOTES: Austin Romine started his second straight game at catcher for the Yankees. Girardi said there is nothing wrong with Chris Stewart. ... Dayan Viciedo was back in the White Sox's lineup as the designated hitter — not the left fielder — after missing a game because of a jammed left thumb. ... Both teams are off Thursday. ... The White Sox have a day-night doubleheader against Minnesota on Friday, with LHP John Danks starting the first game and LHP Charlie Leesman making his major league debut in the nightcap. ... RHP Ivan Nova starts Friday for the Yankees, with RHP Rick Porcello pitching for Detroit.