“That’s the best feeling in all of sports, especially after a night like tonight,” he said. “Long game, I know everyone’s tired on both sides.”
Alexei Ramirez also went deep, and the White Sox came away with the win after wiping out an early three-run deficit and then rallying again in a game that lasted 3 hours, 52 minutes.
Dayan Viciedo led off with a single, and Dunn then won it when he drove an 0-2 pitch well beyond the wall in right-center for his eighth home run. It was the 10th time he has ended a game by homering, and the first for him since July 4, 2013, against Baltimore.
“Really, I wasn’t looking for anything,” Dunn said. “It’s 0-2. I figured he was probably trying to get a groundball. First of all, I didn’t want to chase a bad pitch. He’s got two really, really good pitches. You just try to swing at a strike.”
Derek Jeter singled twice, walked and scored while tying former White Sox great Luis Aparicio for second in games played at shortstop with 2,583.
“I guess it is ironic that we’re here,” Jeter said. “It’s hard to believe when you think about the history of the game that there is only one guy that’s played more games. It’s something I’m proud of. I take pride in doing my job and being available to play every day and to have your name in company with him is pretty special.”
Ramirez and Adam Eaton each had three hits for Chicago and the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games.
The Yankees looked as though they might be on their way to an easy win when Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Hector Noesi in the first. It was a good start for New York after managing just one baserunner in six innings against Chris Sale in Thursday’s loss, but things quickly took a difficult turn.
Scott Downs came on in the seventh after Noesi went six innings for Chicago and immediately gave up singles to Brian Roberts and a pinch-hitting Alfonso Soriano.
The White Sox brought in Jake Petricka and, after Brett Gardner laid down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter walked to load the bases.