White Sox walk off with win on Adam Dunn’s 2-run HR
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter May 23, 2014 11:31PM
Chicago White Sox starter Hector Noesi throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: May 24, 2014 12:33AM
The White Sox’ bullpen nearly wasted a solid effort from starter Hector Noesi with a disastrous seventh inning, but some ninth-inning heroics from Adam Dunn bailed it out.
Dunn hit a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Sox a 6-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Noesi still remains winless on the year.
Noesi allowed three runs in six innings, and he left with a 4-3 lead. But reliever Scott Downs allowed back-to-back singles to Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano to lead off the seventh.
Downs was replaced by Jake Petricka, who fared no better. After Brett Gardner sacrificed Roberts to third and Soriano to second, Petricka walked Derek Jeter. Then he allowed the tying run to score with a wild pitch. Soriano scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacoby Ellsbury to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
In the first, Derek Jeter singled and Mark Teixeira walked before both scored on Brian McCann’s three-run homer.
The Sox began to chip away in their half of the first. Adam Eaton led off with a single and scored on an error by first baseman Kelly Johnson. Eaton also had an RBI single in the fourth.
Noesi settled down after struggling in the first and kept the game close. The Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on Alexei Ramirez’s two-run homer.
It was the seventh home run of the season for Ramirez, who hit six home runs all last season.