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Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper speaks with relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

It's a Dunn deal in ninth as White Sox top Yanks, 6-5

CHICAGO--For a team with a modest .500 record, the Chicago White Sox provided plenty of drama and fireworks in Friday night's 6-5 victory over the Yankees.

Adam Dunn blasted an 0-2 fastball from reliever David Robertson 431 feet over the right-center field fence with a man on base as the Sox prevailed at U.S. Cellular Field.

Dayan Viciedo led off the ninth with a base hit on an 0-2 pitch before Moises Sierra went in to pinch-run for him. Daniel Webb (4-0) was credited with the victory and Robertson (1-3) took the loss.

"Good hitters just make you pay every time on a pitch like that," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Late in the game these guys feel like they can pull something off. Dunner is a big guy, a strong guy and he has hit homers in his career. It's no secret.

"But to hit it off Robertson, who is very tough on lefties, just shows you where he's at and what he has meant for us so far this year. Coming through the way he has.

"He's pretty selective, has a good eye, walks. But when he hits it, he can hit it anywhere."

"He's making some solid contact consistently."

The victory boosted the Sox to the .500 mark at 25-25. The Yankees are 24-23.

Hector Noesi started for the Sox and allowed three runs on four hits over six inning. He threw 111 pitches while walking five and fanning three.

"It was a long night (3 hours, 52 minutes) in terms of (pitch) counts and walks," Ventura said.

The teams combined for 21 hits and 11 walks with hitters seeing a total of 345 pitches.

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Brian McCann's three-run homer. The Sox scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1 and another in the fourth pulled the Sox within 3-2.

Alexei Ramirez's two-run homer gave the Sox a 4-3 lead in the fifth. It was his seventh of the season, one more than he hit all of last season.

The Yankees regained the lead 5-4 after a bases-loaded wild pitch from reliever Jake Petricka and Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Sale right along

The dominant performance (10 strikeouts, one hit through six innings) from Chris Sale in his return performance Thursday night from the disabled list had everyone still marveling Friday.

"I feel good. I don't see anything different from any other time out," Sale said of the normal soreness in his arm and shoulder area.

"Just kind of tightness. (Saturday would be) usually my sore day. I'm more sore on day two. (Friday) is just kind of stiff, but still nothing -- I went through my whole workout, whole shoulder program, and like I said, the true test is throwing."

Loosey goosey

The pregame scene in the White Sox clubhouse Friday resembled a kids store in a shopping mall. Remote control vehicles, helicopters and airplanes circulated through the air and careened into chairs and lockers as players giggled and laughed.

"Maybe it's the youth movement, although all the guys with the remotes are the older guys," catcher Tyler Flowers said.

"It has been like that since spring. We've established that we're a group that's going to work hard, whatever it is. Training, playing the game, we're always hustling, not quitting. (But) you have to have a break (in the locker room) and cut loose.

"We have to entertain ourselves and each other to keep it loose and keep the emotion on the field."

Face the nation

The White Sox plan to honor Yankees future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter before Sunday's game.

Ventura said it will be difficult for anyone to replace Jeter as a so-called face of the game.

"Until you end up kind of having his kind of credentials, it's hard to say," Ventura said. "... But you start looking at guys like (Mike) Trout and (Bryce) Harper. They are probably the next ones up."

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