NEW YORK -- Eduardo Nunez's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the New York Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees entered the eighth with little to show against Chris Sale and a 4-1 deficit to overcome. They knocked out Sale on Robinson Cano's double, and they made it a one-run game on Alfonso Soriano's two-run single up the middle against Nate Jones (4-5).
Curtis Granderson had the game-tying single, coming up as a pinch hitter for Vernon Wells against left-handed reliever Donnie Veal. After Veal struck out Mark Reynolds, the White Sox brought in Matt Lindstrom.
Lindstrom gave up Nunez's double down the left field line on a 1-1 sinker, scoring Alex Rodriguez and Granderson.
Boone Logan (5-2) pitched a hitless eighth for the win. Mariano Rivera tossed a scoreless ninth for his 40th save as the Yankees won for the 16th time in 23 games
Sale allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up an RBI single to Adam Dunn in the first, a two-run triple to Alexei Ramirez in the fifth, and a solo homer to Alejandro De Aza in the seventh that put Chicago on top 4-1.
The White Sox quickly took a 1-0 lead aided by bad Yankees defense in the first inning. After Soriano could not catch Gordon Beckham's double to left field, Ramirez reached on an error by shortstop Nunez. Dunn then lined an RBI single up the middle.
The Yankees tied it on a double steal in the second. Following an error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie, Nunez stole second, and when the throw was made, Wells raced home.
Chicago regained the lead in the fifth. De Aza and Beckham scored on Ramirez's triple that just went past diving Yankees third baseman Rodriguez and rolled around the left field corner. Ramirez was subsequently doubled off third on Paul Konerko's lineout to shortstop.
NOTES: The White Sox promoted their top pitching prospect, RHP Erik Johnson, and he will make his major league debut Wednesday. Chicago also said that it would be going with a six-man rotation. LHP Jose Quintana will start Thursday in Baltimore, with LHP Hector Santiago now scheduled to start Saturday. .... The Yankees said that RHP Phil Hughes is still slated to start Saturday against the Boston Red Sox after his Monday start was limited to 1 1/3 innings due to a rain delay. ... New York's Derek Jeter started at DH for the second time in three games, and he went 2-for-3. He passed Eddie Collins for sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list with his 3,314th hit. Next up is Paul Molitor (3,319).