CHICAGO -- In his second game of the season, Alex Rodriguez saw his personal stats improve, but his team's result remained the same.
Rodriguez singled and reached base three times Tuesday night in the New York Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
On Monday, Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic, a punishment he will appeal. Rodriguez, who activated from the disabled list Monday after sitting out due to hip surgery and then a quadriceps injury, was once again lustily booed before each plate appearance at U.S. Cellular Field.
After going 1-for-4 Monday as the cleanup hitter, Rodriguez batted third and went 1-for-2 Tuesday as New York's designated hitter. In the first inning, he walked against Chris Sale. Then in his next plate appearance, which came with two outs in the third, Rodriguez was hit by a Sale pitch. With one out in the fifth, Rodriguez lined out sharply to center. Then to lead off the eighth, Rodriguez singled between short and third.
Rodriguez was one of the few Yankees who did much against Sale (7-11). The White Sox lefty, who was 1-9 with a 3.23 ERA over his previous 11 starts, threw 7 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and one run while striking out six. He held down a Yankees team that has scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games.
New York cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 with two outs in the ninth on Brett Gardner's single, but Addison Reed picked up his 27th save in 32 tries when he struck out Alfonso Soriano with Rodriguez on deck.
Conor Gillaspie, Paul Konerko and Alejandro De Aza drove in runs for Chicago, which has won the first two games of the series after losing 10 games in a row.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-7) pitched strong innings and gave up a season-high nine hits and three runs, but he couldn't help the Yankees avoid their third straight loss. He had been 3-0 in his previous five starts.
The Yankees (57-55) dropped to 6-11 since the All-Star break and to two games above .500 for the first time since April 24, when they were 11-9.
New York, however, got off to a fast start against Sale thanks to Soriano's baserunning. He gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he scored from second on a wild pitch. Catcher Josh Phegley let a 2-2 Sale pitch go through his legs, and when he couldn't find it by the White Sox dugout, Soriano scored.
The Yankees thought they doubled their lead with two outs in the third on Robinson Cano's single to left. However, Gardner, who went into the plate standing up, was called out by umpire Alan Porter after a throw by De Aza, even though replays appeared to show he was safe. Both Gardner and manager Joe Girardi briefly argued the call.
Chicago tied the game with two outs in the fourth on Gillaspie's single to right, driving in Adam Dunn. Soriano kept the White Sox from taking the lead when he made a diving catch on a Gordon Beckham drive to end the inning.
The White Sox took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Konerko beat out a double-play ball to third, bringing in Alexei Ramirez.
The White Sox took a 3-1 lead with two outs in the seventh on De Aza's double to right, bringing in Beckham, who led off with a double.
NOTES: Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the season has "been one for the ages." New York started play 57-54 and 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East and has dealt with a host of injuries and controversies. ... Yankees RHP Mariano Rivera said "there's no going back" on his decision to retire after the season. Rivera, who has 35 saves this year, was honored before the game by the White Sox. ... Chicago OF Dayan Viciedo was out of the lineup one day after jamming his left thumb. Manager Robin Ventura said Viciedo probably would be back in the lineup Wednesday. ... Girardi said RHP David Phelps has a different strain in his right forearm than the one that sent him to the disabled list July 5. Phelps won't pitch for a couple of weeks. ... Tests on the shoulder of Yankees RHP Michael Pineda "came back good," but Pineda will be shut down for seven to 10 days, Girardi said. ... White Sox RHP Brian Omogrosso had season-ending surgery Monday to clean up debris in his right elbow. ... Wednesday's pitching matchup is New York LHP CC Sabathia (9-10, 4.78 ERA) against Chicago LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28 ERA).