Yankees Down White Sox Behind Damon and A-Rod's Homers

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 17, 2008

The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night by a score of 5-1.

Phil Hughes started his first game for New York since injuring his ninth right rib April 29 in Detroit.

He pitched well but only went four innings and gave up one earned run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four. Chicago made him work, as he was taken out after 89 pitches.

Clayton Richard, who pitched in this year's All-Star Futures Game, got the nod for the White Sox over original probable starter Lance Broadway.

Richard did well, going 6.2 innings and giving up two earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five. He tossed 88 pitches—one less than his opponent.

The White Sox scored first in the top of the third. Jermaine Dye grounded into a force out at third, but Orlando Cabrera scored, giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

The game remained at 1-0 until the bottom of the seventh. Xavier Nady came up with an RBI single to score Alex Rodriguez, and the Yankees tied the game at one. 

Later in the inning, Nady scored on a wild pitch from reliever Mike MacDougal, and the Yankees took the lead, 2-1.

With Melky Cabrera on base, Johnny Damon smashed a two-run homer into the right field bleachers in the bottom of the eighth. The home run, his 15th on the year, gave Yankees a 4-1 lead.

It should be noted that the same young man who caught Jason Giambi's home run ball last night caught Damon's home run ball tonight. He even broke out into the same dance routine he did when he caught Giambi's ball. What are the odds?

Later in the frame, Rodriguez lifted a solo homer into the short porch in right field, his 35th moon shot of the season, and the Yanks went ahead 5-1.

Rodriguez has now hit 35 homers, knocked in over 100 RBI, and scored 100 runs in 11 consecutive seasons. 

Edwar Ramirez came on in relief in the ninth and struck Ken Griffey, Jr. out swinging to end the game and secure a Yankee win.

Brian Bruney gets the win and improves to 3-0.

Richard takes the loss and his record falls to 2-5.

Joba Chamberlain recorded his 16th hold on the campaign.

"X-Man got a huge hit, and it was able to get us going. Big homers from Damon and A-Rod, and Robbie Cano did well too," Joe Girardi said to the media after the game.

"It just felt good to put the ball in play tonight," said Rodriguez to Kim Jones of the YES Network. "11 years in a row says more than numbers. I think it says consistency and staying healthy."

On another note, Melky Cabrera found himself back in the starting lineup for the Yankees tonight, getting the start in center field. He went 1-3 with a base hit at the plate—his first hit in the big leagues since Aug. 9.

Tomorrow night at 7:05 ET, the White Sox will get their last look at Yankee Stadium in the series finale.

Mike Mussina (17-9, 3.63 ERA) will take on former Yankee Javier Vazquez (12-13, 4.13 ERA)