The Chicago White Sox top the New York Yankees 9-6 in Monday Night's Thriller

By K.C. Gronke

The Chicago White Sox, coming off a sweep at the hands of the pesky Kansas City Royals, were able to put that series behind them and rally past the New York Yankees 9-6 in Monday night’s contest.   The Sox overcame a poor performance from starter Gavin Floyd by launching 4 homeruns to propel them to their 66th victory of the season.

Adam Dunn hit his MLB leading 36th home run on Monday night.  Alexei Ramirez hit the go ahead homer in the 7th inning, while Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham also homered for Chicago.  Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski, and Dayan Viciedo also chipped in with RBIs.  Addison Reed was able to pick up his 22nd save of the season.

Floyd, who is now 9-9 on the season with a 4.56 era, was only able to last 2.1 innings Monday night, giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs.  Although he has been inconsistent this season, this marks only the third time where Floyd has failed to get through at least 5 innings in a start.

Chicago is now 11 games over .500, sitting atop the American League Central division at 66-55, 2 games up on the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees are 72-50, still in first in AL East, 4 games ahead of the surging Tampa Bay Rays.

Also in this game, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter added to his legendary career.  He tallied 4 hits, including a solo home run.  Those 4 hits put him at 3,255 in his career, tying him with Eddie Murray for 11th place all time.

The Sox and the Yankees square off at U.S. Cellular Field tonight in game 2 of the series.  Pitching matchup: Ivan Nova at Francisco Liriano.

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