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White Sox waste Jose Abreu's 3-run homer, lose to Yankees 4-3 on Martin Prado's hit in 9th
NEW YORK, N.Y. - White Sox manager Robin Ventura has seen it too many times this season.
Jose Abreu gave Chicago the lead with a three-run homer in the first inning but the New York Yankees rallied for a 4-3 victory Friday night to send the White Sox a season-high 10 games under .500.
Martin Prado had the winning hit with two outs in the ninth off Daniel Webb.
"You score early and jump out real quick and you've seen it forever — a team bounces back. We had some opportunities with guys in scoring position, but couldn't get anyone in after that," Ventura said. "We've done that quite a bit."
The White Sox (59-69) had 11 hits after having just 12 while getting swept in a three-game series by Baltimore. They got off to a quick start Friday with two singles, including Carlos Sanchez's first major league hit, to start the game.
After talking about how Cuban ballplayers admired the Yankees growing up because of their success, Abreu impressed New York with his 33rd homer in the first at-bat of his career at Yankee Stadium.
John Danks couldn't hold the lead.
Two innings later, he gave up his AL-leading 24th homer, a two-run drive to Prado. In the fifth, Danks yielded Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI double that tied it.
"I've made some bad pitches," Danks said of the homers. "I'll be the first to admit that."
The right-hander allowed three runs, upping his total to a league-high 87, in five-plus innings.
Ichiro Suzuki started the ninth with a single off Webb (5-4) and advanced on a sacrifice. After Derek Jeter lined out, Webb intentionally walked Ellsbury and walked Mark Teixeira before Prado's hit touched off a celebration near second base — the Yankees' fourth win in 11 games.
"One of the biggest moments in my career, not personal-wise. Just getting a win for the Yankees means a lot," said Prado, who was obtained in a trade with Arizona on July 31.
David Robertson (2-4) struck out two in a perfect ninth.
Shane Greene recovered nicely after yielding Abreu's homer. He gave up a career-high nine hits in five-plus innings and struck out seven.
New York's Shawn Kelley relieved in the sixth with runners on first and second and none out. He struck out two before Alejandro De Aza singled to left. Brett Gardner made a strong throw to nail Alexei Ramirez at the plate — a call upheld by video review — to keep it 3-all.
White Sox: OF Adam Eaton is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Triple-A Charlotte. He has been out with a strained right oblique since Aug. 9. ... RHP Javy Guerra will be activated from the bereavement list on Saturday. LHP Eric Surkamp is being sent to Charlotte.
Yankees: OF-DH Carlos Beltran hit off a tee and did soft toss to test his injured right elbow, and all went well. "We're hoping he's a player for us (Saturday)," manager Joe Girardi said.
Chicago's Scott Carroll (5-7) is set to start against New York's Hiroki Kuroda (8-8). Before the game the Yankees will retire Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre's number and unveil a plaque in his honour in Monument Park.
FOUL, FOUL BALL
Fan Kevin Ohea took chasing a foul ball to precarious lengths. The navy-suited 20-something, sitting in the first row of the second deck at Yankee Stadium, climbed the railing and went into an unused photographer's perch to pick up the souvenir, receiving loud applause. The cheers turned to boos when he was escorted out by a policeman, but Ohea was met with another ovation when he was allowed to return. "They realized it was heat of the moment and realized there was nothing you could do about it," Ohea said of why he was not ejected from the ballpark. "I think the suit helped out."
Sanchez had three hits. He became the first White Sox player to have a three-hit game within his first two career games since Craig Wilson and Brian Simmons in 1998.
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