White Sox veteran Paul Konerko launched a two-run home run off of Rafael Soriano in the eighth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Soriano handed over the lead after starter Ivan Nova pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings. Nova left the game in line for a victory with the Yanks up 2-1, thanks to solo shots from Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner.

Alas, Konerko had the last bomb, and the ChiSox held on for a one-run victory.


Starting for the first time in 11 days, Nova pitched a very efficient game, limiting the White Sox to one run on five hits. He allowed his only run in the fifth inning, as a line drive to Curtis Granderson tip just off his glove on what would have been a shoestring catch. Gordon Beckham then laced a one-out single to right field and Nick Swisher’s throw went up the first-base line, allowing Rios to slide home safely. Nova has had some issues going deep into games during his brief career in the bigs, but worked into the seventh inning before a one-out walk ended his night. David Robertson then recorded the next two outs around a Mark Teahen pinch-hit single, stranding the tying run at third base. Soriano entered in the eighth, but more on that in a bit.

The Yanks’ offense got going when Cano teed off on a fastball for a solo home run in the second inning. The home run was his fifth of the year, and Cano continues to rake, at the plate, as of late. The slumping Brett Gardner would later hit a solo shot off of the second deck in right field, giving the Yankees the lead against Gavin Floyd in the fifth. That would be all for the Yanks. Outside of two good swings, they couldn’t get much going at the dish.

With one away in the eighth, Soriano hit Carlos Quentin with a one-out pitch and Konerko made him pay, blasting a two-run shot over the left-field wall that ended up being a game-winner. Soriano also walked a batter and allowed another hit in the inning, drawing boos for the second time in as many nights.

The Chicago victory wouldn’t have been possible without the glovework of right fielder Brent Lillibridge, who made back-to-back sensational grab in the ninth, robbing Alex Rodriguez and Cano of extra-base hits to finish the game.

Welcome aboard flight 524 for Right Field…

Facts and Stats

4 and 13: Cano’s recent streak has seen him hit four homers and drive in 13 runs over his last 14 games.

3: Rafael Soriano allowed 2 runs tonight, which marked the third time this season he allowed multiple runs in a game. He allowed multiple runs in just two outings throughout 2010.

1-for-10: Chicago starter Gavin Floyd threw 32 curveballs (31.4 percent of total pitches) – and the Yankees struggled mightily. They went 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in at-bats that ended with an Uncle Charlie.

What’s Next?

After losing two frustrating games at the hands of the White Sox, the Yanks look to make amends in game three of a four-game set. First pitch at 7:05 on the YES Network.

Mark Buehrle (1-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.50 ERA)