CHICAGO (AP) -With the Rocket grounded for at least a few more days, the Yankees turned to Matt DeSalvo to keep the good vibes generated over the weekend going.
Jon Garland and the struggling Chicago White Sox quickly put an end to that.
Garland (4-3) pitched into the ninth inning, allowing seven hits and striking out three as the White Sox beat New York 6-4 on Monday night.
DeSalvo, starting because Roger Clemens pushed back his 2007 debut after experiencing some groin pain, left with one out in the second after the White Sox scored three times to take a 3-1 lead.
Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Paul Konerko added a solo shot in the seventh. Konerko and Tadahito Iguchi had three hits each.
DeSalvo (1-3) allowed three runs - two earned - on four hits. He walked one batter and hit Rob Mackowiak after Konerko led off the second with a single.
Trailing 6-1 in the ninth, the Yankees got an RBI single from Josh Phelps to make it 6-2. Bobby Jenks came on to close and gave up a sacrifice fly to Melky Cabrera and an RBI single to Johnny Damon that made it 6-4, before retiring Derek Jeter for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Devil Rays 4, Royals 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - James Shields took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and Carlos Pena homered for the second straight day to lead the Devil Rays.
Shields (5-0) struck out five, walked one and appeared set to go for his second straight complete game before giving up John Buck's second home run of the day and a single to Tony Pena with one out in the eighth.
Relievers Casey Fossum, Shawn Camp and Gary Glover protected the one-run lead through the eighth and closer Al Reyes came on in the ninth for his 14th save in as many chances
Pena's homer to right-center off Gil Meche (3-5) was his 11th of the season. Meche, who has lost four straight decisions, allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.
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