NEW YORK (AP) — Alejandro De Aza lost a flyball in the sun. Carlos Sanchez failed to handle a grounder in front of second base. Scott Carroll gave up a couple of costly walks.
The White Sox couldn’t overcome several miscues in 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday that sent Chicago to its season high-tying fifth straight loss.
“You make some mistakes out there and with a lineup like this, they’ll grind you,” manager Robin Ventura said.
Alexei Ramirez had an RBI double in the second but Chicago wasted an early lead for the second straight day and lost its seventh in a row at Yankee Stadium.
Martin Prado had a two-run double in a fourth inning that began with De Aza flinching as Brian McCann’s fly into the bright afternoon sky fell to the turf in left field for a double. The White Sox made two heads-up plays to catch runners between second and third for outs but Prado’s hit was enough to put New York ahead 3-1.
The Yankees had tied it in the second when Carroll (5-8) walked Mark Teixeira to open the inning and scored on Chase Headley’s double-play ball. Teixeira moved to second when Sanchez made an error on Prado’s grounder.
“It’s just frustrating overall when you don’t win,” Carroll said. “Especially today. We had opportunities but I didn’t do enough to help our team win.”
Jose Abreu had an RBI single for his 94th RBI in the fifth, but Carroll allowed Beltran’s homer into the first row of seats in right field in the sixth.
Beltran missed the previous three games because of a sore right elbow that has almost exclusively limited him to a designated hitter role since May.
Carroll allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in six innings.
“He competed,” Ventura said. “He did a job good enough to give us a chance and we need to help him defensively, and offensively.”
Hiroki Kuroda (9-8) worked in and out of trouble for six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in helping New York to its third straight win after a 2-7 stretch.
Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly in the sixth put New York up 5-2, the first time the Yankees had scored more than four runs since Aug. 8, a span of 11 games.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 34th save. Yankees batters did not strike out in a game for the first time since May 12, 2011, in an 11-5 loss to Kansas City.
“We’re grinding out better at-bats,” catcher Brian McCann said.
The Yankees squandered a chance for a big inning in the fourth, with Prado and Teixeira getting caught in rundowns between second and third. New York had seven consecutive batters reach in the inning but scored only on Prado’s double.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
White Sox RHP Matt Lindstrom pitched two perfect innings, lowering his road ERA to 1.33 since 2011, the second-best mark for relievers during that period.
White Sox: RHP Javy Guerra was activated from the bereavement list and LHP Eric Surkamp was sent to Triple-A Charlotte. ... OF Adam Eaton (strained right oblique) was set to start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow ligament) threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game and said he felt fine. The Yankees will wait to see how the Japanese ace feels Sunday before determining the next step in his rehab. ... SS Derek Jeter was given the day off.
In a matchup of left-handers, White Sox All-Star Chris Sale (10-3) faces Chris Capuano (1-3) in the finale of the three-game series. Capuano has struck out Adam Dunn 12 times in 27 at-bats, but Dunn has two homers. Sale is 3-0 with a 0.85 ERA against New York.
HONORING NO. 6
The Yankees retired former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 in a pregame ceremony. The new Hall of Famer led New York to four World Series championships in his first five years running the Yankees from 1996-2000. The Yankees made the playoffs in each of Torre’s 12 seasons in the Bronx.