Triple strike lifts White Sox over Yankees

updated at 01h29
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The Chicago White Sox outslugged the visiting New York Yankees 9-6 to snap a three-game losing streak and claim the series opener between the division leaders on Monday.

 Photo: Jeff Haynes / Reuters In English
Fans reach for a foul ball during the MLB American League baseball game between Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees, in Chicago, August 20, 2012.
Photo: Jeff Haynes / Reuters In English

The White Sox showed they could keep pace with the Bronx Bombers, bashing three late home runs to get back on track after a surprise series sweep against the Kansas City Royals.

Trailing 6-5 in the sixth, Gordon Beckham hit the first of the three decisive blasts to tie the game.

Alexei Ramirez the followed up with a two-run shot in the seventh and Adam Dunn punctuated the Chicago victory in the next with his Major League-leading 36th homer of the season.

The win stretched Chicago's (66-55) American League Central lead to two games over Detroit while New York's (72-50) edge in the AL East was reduced to four games.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)

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