NEW YORK (AP) – Juan Uribe slid in under catcher Jorge Posada’s tag to score a disputed run in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Wednesday.

The White Sox, with the best record in the majors, took two of three at Yankee Stadium. Each game was a tight, one-run decision.

Uribe struck out in his first three times up, then tripled with one out in the 10th against Mariano Rivera (5-3), who was working his second inning.

The Yankees drew in their infield, and Scott Podsednik hit a grounder to second baseman Robinson Cano.

Cano threw home and Posada tried to block the plate, but Uribe sneaked in under the catcher’s shin guard. Posada stuck out his glove, trying to win the call from plate umpire Bruce Froemming, Rivera pointed to the plate and Yankees manager Joe Torre briefly argued.

Neal Cotts (4-0) got the win. Dustin Hermanson relieved with a runner on first and retired the last two batters for his 30th save in 31 opportunities. Center fielder Aaron Rowand ran down Cano’s fly ball on the warning track for the final out.

Aaron Small, plugged into a patchwork Yankees pitching staff, produced a strong effort again.

Small, who won his first three decisions after not starting a major league game since 1996, limited the White Sox to one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and retired the last 11 batters he faced in order.

Chicago starter Freddy Garcia was just as good, allowing one unearned run and six hits over eight innings. He struck out five.

The Yankees nicked Garcia for a run in the first when Derek Jeter beat out an infield hit and took second on a throwing error by Uribe from shortstop. Jeter advanced to third on an infield out and scored on a single by Gary Sheffield.

Chicago tied it in the third when Pablo Ozuna beat out an infield single and scored on Carl Everett’s double. Everett got caught on Paul Konerko’s grounder to Jeter and Small struck out Rowand, ending the inning.

Both pitchers got into fourth-inning jams but pitched out of trouble.

In the White Sox fourth, Jermaine Dye opened with a single and Geoff Blum walked. The runners advanced on a sacrifice but were stranded when Small struck out Uribe and Podsednik.

In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui opened with singles. The runners advanced on an infield out but Garcia struck out Bernie Williams and John Flaherty popped up.

Tom Gordon relieved Small in the eighth and Rivera came on in the ninth for New York.

Garcia left after eight innings, relieved by Cotts.

Notes: Podsednik and Uribe each struck out three times. … Rowand made several nice catches, tracking down Sheffield’s drive in the third and Matsui’s shot in the sixth. … Konerko made a brilliant stop at first base to throw out Tony Womack leading off the fifth.

AP-ES-08-10-05 1612EDT


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