White Sox Top Off Yankees

It's a good thing for the Yankees that the Twins clinched the American League Central division. The White Sox pounded Mike Mussina for eight runs in a little over five innings on Wednesday on the way to a 9-4 rout. Chicago scored eight runs in the sixth inning against the Yankee ace and won the season series between the two teams four games to two.

The Yankees looked to be coasting to a second-straight victory in the early goings of the game. Jason Giambi hit his 41st homerun of the season in the third inning and Bernie Williams followed with his 15th – a two-run job – to put the Yanks up 3-0 against Esteban Loaiza.

Mussina was coasting through the game until it all fell apart in the sixth. Through the first five innings, the Moose had allowed just two hits while striking out four batters, but Chicago broke free of his dominance and lit up the scoreboard.

Carlos Lee led off the inning with a single and scored on Frank Thomas' RBI double to the right-centerfield gap. Thomas moved to third on Magglio Ordonez's single and scored on Carl Everett's double.

After Brian Daubach struck out, Jose Valentin lifted a three-run homerun to right field that put the White Sox ahead 5-3. Mussina was tattooed for consecutive hits to Joe Crede, Miguel Olivo, Willie Harris and Lee again before Antonio Osuna finally relieved him and stopped the bleeding.

When the dust had settled, the White Sox were ahead 8-3.

Mussina (17-8) lasted just 5 1/3 innings in his final start of the regular season. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits and two walks while fanning five batters.

Loaiza (20-9) settled down after the rough start to become the fourth AL pitcher to reach 20 wins on the season. Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte and Jamie Moyer are the others. Loaiza lasted six innings and allowed three runs on five hits while fanning seven.

Juan Rivera tacked on a run for the Yanks with a pinch-hit, RBI double in the seventh. Daubach capped the scoring for the Sox with a solo homerun off of Chris Hammond in the bottom of the seventh.

The Yankees come home after a day off on Thursday to wrap up their series against the Baltimore Orioles. Pettitte (20-8, 4.12) will make his final start of the season against the Orioles' Matt Riley (1-0, 1.80).

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