Tyler Flowers reached on an infield single past the pitcher with two outs and down one in the 12th inning. Alexei Ramirez drove one to the gap to put runners at the corners, and Alejandro De Aza followed that with a two-run shot to the wall, scoring the shortstop from first for the win. Ramirez crossed the plate with a giant and unnecessary headfirst slide to hammer the point home.
And that was the Sox's second comeback of the night when down to their final strike.
Mariano Rivera had to work two innings after his blown save pushed it into extra innings. With two outs in the ninth, he allowed a double to Gordon Beckham, and Adam Dunn, pinch-hitting for Dayan Viciedo, drilled a base hit through the left side to tie the game. It was Rivera's third blown save of the season, and the fourth of his illustrious career versus the White Sox.
Dylan Axelrod picked up the win despite surrendering his 21st home run in the top of the 12th to Robinson Cano, which was his 22nd of the season. If I was a betting man, I'd give even money on who has more to their credit at the end of the season.
Beckham went 2-for-4 with a homer. He continues to swing a hot bat. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-5.
Mariano Rivera now has 1,262 innings for his career, or 201 more the the most experienced White Sox starter, John Danks, and more than 300 on the rest of the White Sox rotation combined.
The White Sox are 12-10 vs the AL East, and 12-31 vs the AL Central (hat tip at Chuck Garfien).