Yankees behind 8-ball in defeat
A-Rod homerless as White Sox win
NEW YORK -- All these runs, all these hits, and not one single homer for Alex Rodriguez.
On a day of crazy 8s, the White Sox and New York Yankees scored eight runs each in the second-highest-scoring inning in major league history. Jermaine Dye homered twice and doubled twice, including a go-ahead drive that led Chicago to a 13-9 victory yesterday.
"You put up an 8-spot and they come right back and put up an 8-spot. Dye said. "It's weird."
New York had 33 runs in the series and 39 hits -- 15 of them homers. But there were no home runs by A-Rod, who ended a career-high hitless streak at 22 at-bats when he singled in the second. Rodriguez went 2 for 5 and keeps up his quest to become the youngest player to reach 500 homers tonight against Kansas City -- the team that allowed No. 499 July 25.
After losing the first two games of the series, 16-3 and 8-1, the White Sox took an 8-0 lead as Dye doubled twice in the second against Roger Clemens, who left after five outs in his shortest outing since June 14, 2000, when he got just three outs against Boston. Jon Garland didn't do much better, and the second inning dragged on for 1 hour and 90 pitches.
"It's a funny thing because of who is on the mound," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You have a Hall of Famer and a guy who regularly wins like 17 games every year, and if you came to the ballpark today, you wouldn't expect to see that."
Dye homered off Jeff Karstens (0-2) for a 10-8 lead in the fourth and hit a solo shot to center field in the eighth off Kyle Farnsworth. Paul Konerko also homered and had three hits for Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak.
White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome left the game because of back spasms and third baseman Alex Cintron left because of an upset stomach in the fifth inning. Then Darin Erstad fell down while flying out to center in the sixth and left because of cramps.
Clemens was booed off the mound after allowing eight runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Garland gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings. Five relievers allowed just six hits the rest of the way, and only Ryan Bukvich allowed a run, Bobby Abreu's solo shot leading off the sixth.
Only three of Chicago's runs off Clemens were earned thanks to the first of Robinson Cano's two errors. The second baseman mishandled Jerry Owens's grounder near the bag with one out before Clemens dived and flipped the ball to Jorge Posada at the plate after Cintron's dribbler to get Erstad. After that, the next four batters all got hits before manager Joe Torre replaced Clemens.