White Sox 11, Yankees 2
Alomar and Thomas homered in Chicago’s seven-run fourth inning as the White Sox routed David Wells and the Yankees 11-2 Wednesday night.
“We’re trying to win,” Thomas said. “Kansas City is right there with us so our work is cut out for us.”
Alomar drove in four runs with a two-run homer that capped the fourth-inning outburst and a two-run double in the sixth that chased Wells, who was charged with a season-high 10 runs.
Bartolo Colon struck out a season-high 10, and the AL Central-leading White Sox got 15 hits in winning for the eighth time in nine games.
“It was kind of what we’ve been looking for all along,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “He came in on a good stage following (Esteban) Loaiza’s outing and pitched tremendously right from the first pitch.”
The Yankees’ AL East lead over Boston, which was 7 1/2 games last Thursday, was cut to four. After Thursday’s series finale, New York visits Fenway Park for a three-game series.
“We can’t worry about Boston,” shortstop Derek Jeter said. “We have to forget about these two games and try to come back tomorrow and win. That’s all that matters right now.”
Chicago maintained its one-game lead over Kansas City.
“A win is a win to me,” Manuel said. “That’s the bottom line at this time of year. You’ve got to try to win series and that’s what we’ve done.”
Thomas, who went 3-for-5, started the uprising in the fourth with a solo shot into the first row of seats in left field, quite different from Tuesday when his grand slam hit high off the foul pole in a 13-2 win.
Chicago’s 24 runs the last two nights are the most by a visiting team at Yankee Stadium since the White Sox won 10-9 and 17-4 on June 17-18, 2000.
“I think we might’ve caught them at the right time and they might have caught us at a bad time,” Manuel said.
Alomar has avoided the New York media in his first trip back to the city since being dealt by the Mets last month. He brought loud groans from fans, who booed him each time up, by ripping a two-run homer to left that gave the White Sox a 7-2 lead.
Chicago pounded two homers, a triple and three doubles in the fourth off Wells (12-5), who has just one victory since the All-Star break. The left-hander had won six of eight decisions but is 0-2 in his last six starts.
Wells was replaced by Antonio Osuna with one out in the sixth after yielding 11 hits and walking two.
Wells has been bothered by a bad back, but by all accounts it was not a factor this time. He didn’t speak to reporters after the game.
“If he’s not healthy, I don’t know that,” Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. “He says he’s OK.
“I had a problem with the pitches. The location was not there. You try to go into the game with a good game plan. I thought we had a good game plan, it’s just not happening.”
Thomas has six homers in six games and eight in nine during a resurgent season. Overall, he has 36 homers after hitting a combined 32 the past two seasons.
He greeted Osuna with an RBI single that gave the White Sox a 10-2 advantage.
Colon (12-11) threw consistently in the 90s in his first outing against the Yankees since 2001. He allowed two runs, nine hits and one walk in seven innings to win for the sixth time in eight starts.
Nick Johnson gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with his 11th homer in the second. Jeter added an RBI single in the third.
Konerko hit his 15th homer in the ninth to cap a 3-for-4 night.
“I don’t think it does anything to the Yankees,” Konerko said of the consecutive blowouts. “I think they know they’re a great team. I don’t think they take it to heart too much getting beat twice by a lot of runs. They’re theYankees, everybody knows that. They’re going to be fine.”
Anna Kournikova threw out the first pitch, taking a big windup from in front of the mound and tossing the ball to Posada. Kournikova, like Wells, is battling back problems, and was forced to miss the U.S. Open. … Rookie Neal Cotts will start Thursday’s series finale for Chicago. … Yankees 3B Aaron Boone returned after a sore ankle sidelined him Tuesday. … Hideki Matsui didn’t start for the second straight game, but went into left field in the fifth after David Dellucci sprained his left ankle when he grounded out to end the fourth. Matsui has played in all 131 games this season for New York. … Magglio Ordonez and Crede also had two hits each. Lee was the only Chicagostarter without a hit.