NEW YORK — With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Martin Prado fouled off three straight fastballs from power pitcher Daniel Webb. To settle himself, he looked into the Yankees dugout and saw his new teammates standing at the railing, cheering him on.
“They give you a little extra,” Prado said.
Prado worked the count full and then lined a single up the middle, lifting New York to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the Chicago White Sox on the night of Aug. 22.
“One of the biggest moments in my career, not personal-wise. Just getting a win for the Yankees means a lot,” said Prado, who was obtained in a trade with Arizona on July 31.
Prado also hit a two-run homer in the third, and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double in the fifth off John Danks after Chicago’s Jose Abreu connected for a three-run shot in the first against Shane Greene.
Ichiro Suzuki started the ninth with a single and advanced on a sacrifice. After Derek Jeter lined out, Webb (5-4) intentionally walked Ellsbury and walked Mark Teixeira before Prado’s hit touched off a raucous celebration near second base.
“I thought it was a game we had to win,” left fielder Brett Gardner said of the Yankees, who are the fringes of the AL playoff race.
David Robertson (2-4) struck out two in a perfect ninth, closing out New York’s fourth win in 11 games. Chicago (59-69) lost its fourth straight and fell a season-high 10 games under .500. “You get three runs in the first and not get any more. … that’s how you lose,” White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said.
After talking about how Cuban ballplayers admired the Yankees growing up because of their success, Abreu impressed New York with his 33rd homer in the first at-bat of his career at Yankee Stadium.
Two innings later, Danks yielded Prado’s long ball, his AL-leading 24th homer given up. The right-hander allowed three runs, upping his total to a league-high 87, in five-plus innings.
Greene recovered nicely after giving up three straight hits to start the game, including Abreu’s homer. He allowed a career-high nine hits in five-plus innings and struck out seven.
Gardner made a strong throw to nail Alexei Ramirez at the plate — a call upheld by video review — to keep it 3-all in the sixth.
(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)