Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – A.J. Pierzynski and Omar Vizquel both knocked in two runs to support a solid outing from Freddy Garcia, as the Chicago White Sox beat New York, 9-4, in the opener of a three-game series between playoff contenders at U.S. Cellular Field.
Juan Pierre had two hits and scored twice for the White Sox, while Garcia (11-5) limited the Yankees to five hits and two runs — one earned — over seven innings.
Chicago finds itself three games back of first-place Minnesota in the American League Central standings. The Twins are currently playing in Seattle.
New York starter A.J. Burnett (9-12) gave up nine runs — eight earned — on eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Sergio Mitre allowed one hit over 4 2/3 innings in relief of the ineffective Burnett, who has lost his last four decisions.
Despite the loss, the Yankees remain tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East after the Rays were beaten by Boston on Friday.