Rick Cerone hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to drive in Larry Milbourne from third base with none out in the 12th inning in New York last night, giving the Yankees their seventh victory in the last eight games, a 6-5 decision over the Chicago White Sox.
In the 12th, Bobby Murcer led off with a bloop single to left off Kevin Hickey (0-1) and Dave Revering singled him to third. After Milbourne ran for Murcer, Graig Nettles was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ed Farmer relieved and Cerone greeted him with a sacrifice fly, making a winner of Dave LaRoche (2-0), who pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
The White Sox tied the score, 5-5, in the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Jim Morrison after the Yankees had gone ahead, 5-3, in the fifth on a two-run homer by Cerone.
The game included a dramatic moment in the ninth when, with one out, Murcer batted for Reggie Jackson and grounded to second. Jackson's mental error had cost the Yankees a scoring opportunity in the sixth. With runners on first and third and one out, Jackson grounded to first, where Mike Squires fielded the ball and threw out Jerry Mumphrey at the plate. Jackson ran to first but, thinking there were two out, trotted toward the dugout and was tagged out for an inning-ending double play.