The White Sox were just warming up when they rallied against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of his final appearance at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night.

Not only did the South Siders tie the game against baseball’s all-time saves leader they also came back again for an improbable 6-5 victory in 12 innings over the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.

Three innings after Adam Dunn’s two-out pinch-hit RBI single tied the game against Rivera Alejandro De Aza upped the ante with a two-run triple with two outs off Adam Warren (1-2) to lift the White Sox to a series sweep of the Yankees.

De Aza’s game-winner wiped out a 12th-inning solo home run by New York’s Robinson Cano and made a victor of reliever Dylan Axelrod (4-8).

“Just a great win” second baseman Gordon Beckham said. “It was fun. I think everybody right there before the hit was thinking ‘Here we go again.’ We claw our way back into a game just to lose it in the 12th and then De Aza came up big. We’re all happy right now.”

The announced crowd of 25707 was ecstatic when Rivera trotted in from the bullpen in the ninth with a 4-3 lead.

Much has been made of Rivera’s farewell tour this season as he has gone from city to city receiving the adoration of fans across the country and gift from teams.
A day after they gave him two framed items and made a $4200 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in Rivera’s name the White Sox threw in one more present.

First fans saluted him with a standing ovation as he exited the bullpen. They offered another ovation when he was announced.

“There are a lot of Yankee fans out there” said first baseman Paul Konerko who doubled in a run. “But when he came in it was everybody. Classy move by our fans. … Definitely he deserves that after his career and what he’s done. That doesn’t mean once the ball is in play that you don’t try to beat him which we obviously did. But it was cool.”

Dunn was the cooler.

With two outs and Beckham -- who went 2-for-4 with a walk two RBIs -- on second after a double to right-center fans roared again and rose to their feet after Rivera got two called strikes against Dunn.

But Dunn who had struck out in his previous four at-bats against Rivera went the opposite way to single in Beckham and tie it a 4.