Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gonzalez, ChiSox Stop Yanks' Streak

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gonzalez, ChiSox Stop Yanks' Streak

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NEW YORK - Pitching at a breakneck pace, Yankees starter Luis Severino had nearly matched White Sox counterpart Miguel Gonzalez through six speedy innings at Yankee Stadium.

The only run on the board was a homer by Chicago's No. 9 hitter, Leury Garcia, until Severino hit an icy patch in the seventh.

After shortstop Pete Kozma booted a potential double-play grounder with none out, Avisail Garcia slammed a three-run homer and the White Sox sailed to a 4-1 victory - busting the Yanks' eight-game winning streak before 30,075 fans.

The Yankees (9-5) barely touched the right-handed Gonzalez (2-0), who gave up just four singles - all of them infield hits - in 8 1/3 innings. Gonzalez left with runners at first and second, and ex-Yankee closer David Robertson loaded the bases and walked Starlin Castro to force in a run before getting Aaron Judge on a game-ending groundout.

The game was played in two hours and 16 minutes.

Castro's leadoff, sixth-inning single was the Yanks' first hit, and he was instantly erased on Aaron Judge's double play grounder.

The White Sox (6-7) collected just three hits off Severino (1-1), who walked none and had 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

Severino had retired the first eight White Sox batters - four on strikeouts, three on grounders - before Leury Garcia connected on his first homer of the year, a shot to right-center field.

The Yankees right-hander responded by retiring the next 10 straight hitters, providing an even match for Gonzalez as the game flew into the seventh inning before it was even 8:30 p.m.

But the quirky Sox's seventh began with a Tim Anderson single, which should have been followed by a double-play grounder off the bat of Melky Cabrera.

Making his second straight start at shortstop, Kozma simply booted Cabrera's grounder for an error, putting runners at first and second.

Yet, the Yanks received a huge temporary break when hulking cleanup hitter Jose Abreu popped out while - astonishingly - attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt. …

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