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Walker’s walk-off stabs Sox, 5-4

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New York needed just four outs to score five runs, stealing the game

MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
Gamed: Shields was strong in the Bronx tonight, surrendering just four hits and exiting with the lead.
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The hottest streak can be doused by just one small setback.

That’s just what happened to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. In command of the game through seven innings behind James Shields’s strong start and Jace Fry’s dependable relief, the one-two punch of Juan Minaya and Dylan Covey couldn’t stave off a strong New York Yankees offense.

Just as it was beginning to feel like the Sox would finish this game off, Minaya came into the game in the bottom of the eighth and things devolved very quickly. The righthander threw three straight balls, then gave up a single to Giancarlo Stanton, which was followed by a game-tying home run from Aaron Hicks.

In the ninth, Covey struck out Austin Romine and grooved a fastball to pinch-hitter Neil Walker, who spanked it deep to right for a Walker walk-off.

The scoring started for the Sox in the top of the fifth, with a single from Nicky Delmonico and then Avisaíl García doubling to left to bring him home.

Up 2-0, the White Sox rallied again in the sixth, as Yoán Moncada slapped a two-out single and Adam Engel followed with one of his own. That knocked Lynn from the game, after going 5 ⅔ innings and allowing seven hits. Jonathan Holder came on and promptly gave up singles to Yolmer Sánchez and Delmonico, pushing the score to 4-0.

The Yankees defense made another two errors tonight, which only made Lynn’s outing more difficult and continued their pattern of lousy D (five errors in two games).

It was vintage Shields on the mound tonight. The veteran went 5 ⅔ innings, allowing just four hits and two earned runs, on a moon shot from Miguel Andujar. Shields exited the game with two runners on base, but Fry coaxed a line out to right from Greg Bird to extinguish the threat.

Tomorrow night, Reynaldo López takes the mound to try to secure the series win against CC Sabathia.