Freddy Garcia pitched four shutout innings against his former team as the New York Yankees gave the veteran right-hander a 3-0 lead.
Garcia's night suddenly caved in during the White Sox's five-run fifth inning. After he departed, the Yankees regained the lead before the bullpen gave up three homers as Chicago rallied for a 9-6 victory in the opener of a three-game series between first-place teams Monday night.
''I'm really disappointed. We had the lead, 3-0. That's the game,'' said Garcia, who helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series.
''I was pretty good. I don't know. Something happened and I couldn't find the strike zone,'' he added. ''It's crazy, but that's exactly what it is.''
Chicago's Gordon Beckham had a game-tying homer off Joba Chamberlain, Alexei Ramirez hit a go-ahead homer against Boone Logan, and Adam Dunn drove out his major league best 36th against Derek Lowe. Garcia earlier yielded a homer to Dewayne Wise.
''It's tough to swallow. We've been scuffling as a whole down there lately,'' Logan said . ''You gotta grind through it and get through it. We know that and we talk about it. We're doing the best we can.''
Ramirez's tiebreaking homer came on a 3-2 pitch.
''It was a bad pitch, either way, but I was looking to throw it low, in the dirt. I was gonna show it to him, but in the dirt,'' Logan said. ''If I walked him, onto the next guy. If he swings, I strike him out.''
New York's Derek Jeter homered and had four hits, tying Eddie Murray for 11th place on the career hits list (3,255). He also took over 13th place on the runs scored list (1,845), passing Craig Biggio.
''He just continues to have big days for us. That's what he's doing. It is pretty amazing,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.