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The New York Yankees' Brett Gardner shows frustration after flying out against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Saturday, May 24, 2014. The Yankees won, 4-3, in 10 innings. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Bullpen fails White Sox as they fall to Yankees, 4-3

The White Sox have had the Yankees' number lately, capturing eight straight at home before Saturday's late meltdown.

John Danks protected a three-run lead with eight dominant, shutout innings before leaving the finishing touches to the bullpen before a crowd of 33,413 at U.S. Cellular Field.

But reliever Ronald Belisario yielded three runs after two outs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, and Jacoby Ellsbury provided the deciding run with a two-out homer in the 10th off Zach Putnam (2-1) for a 4-3 Yankees victory.

"I knew I hit it well," Ellsbury said. "I thought I might have hit it a little too high, but it was a great feeling once it went out.

"I guess they just needed to switch pitchers. Danks ... was great today. But Belisario, he has tremendous stuff as well -- nasty 95 (mph) two-seamers in addition to his off-speed."

Alfonso Soriano's RBI double and Yangervis Solarte's run-scoring single made it 3-2 in the ninth before Ichiro Suzuki walked and pinch-hitter Brian McCann singled pinch-runner Kelly Johnson home.

Danks, who posted his longest scoreless outing since August, said he lobbied to stay in after giving up three hits on 104 pitches.

"I tried, but you have to respect that (decision)," Danks said. "Hindsight's 20-20, and we have all the faith in the world in Belisario. I want him out there the next time I pitch."

Manager Robin Ventura said he thought he was giving Danks and the Sox the best chance to win with a turn to the bullpen.

"It's a tough game," Ventura said. "It's cruel a lot of the time. You see the way John threw, and he was fantastic. So you just take that out of it and look for tomorrow."

The White Sox jumped to 3-0 first-inning lead on Dayan Viciedo's RBI double, Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly and Alexei Ramirez's RBI groundout.

Ventura was ejected in the second inning arguing Yankees manager Joe Girardi's successful appeal of Adrian Nieto being ruled safe at second base for running out of the baseline as he eluded a tag in a rundown.

The umpires changed the call to out and "we obviously disagreed," Ventura said.

The Sox's bullpen has a 7.88 ERA and has given up 11 hits this series. Belisario was not getting hit hard, but he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk.

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