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Yankees 7, White Sox 2: Sweep Puts Yankees In First Place

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Robinson Cano and Russell Martin homered, and Ivan Nova pitched 7 2/3 solid innings, as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 7-2, to complete a rare four-game sweep in Chicago.

Martin drove in four runs for the Yankees, who swept the White Sox in four games in Chicago for the first time since turning the trick from June 17-20, 1976 at Comiskey Park.

Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson each drove in a run for New York, which was coming off an 18-7 victory on Wednesday.

Nova (10-4) gave up one run on six hits for New York, which has won seven in a row and 10 of 12 overall. He struck out a career-high 10 batters to go along with zero walks.

"That might be as good as we've seen him all year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He was excellent tonight. I thought his slider made a huge difference for him, the strikeouts that he had, the outs that he got. I thought the command on his fastball was really good."

The Yankees are now tied with the Red Sox atop the AL East with a three-game set between the two slated for this weekend in Boston.

Juan Pierre drove in a run and Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox, who suffered their first four-game sweep at home since August 23-26, 2007.

Philip Humber (8-8) allowed four runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings to suffer his four straight loss for Chicago, which dropped its sixth straight to end a 10-game homestand at 3-7.

"You definitely hate to lose a series, much less get swept," Humber said. "You gotta give those guys a lot of credit. They played the game better than we did."

The first six batters of the game grounded out, and Mark Teixeira struck out swinging to start the second. Cano then hit a homer to left for a 1-0 New York lead.

Nova retired the first seven batters he faced. Alejandro De Aza broke the streak with a one-out infield single in the third. De Aza stole second, moved to third on Brent Morel's single and scored on Pierre's sacrifice fly.

The Yankees took the lead back in the sixth. Brett Gardner led off with a double to right and moved to third on Derek Jeter's sacrifice bunt. Granderson hit a grounder to first baseman Dunn, who stepped on first before throwing home. Gardner beat the throw with a nice slide to make it 2-1.

New York tacked on two more runs in the seventh. Cano singled and Nick Swisher walked to begin the frame. Two batters later, Posada hit an RBI single to right. Jesse Crain took over for Humber and Martin greeted him with a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 margin.

Martin hit a three-run homer off Brian Bruney in the ninth.

Dunn's homer off Hector Noesi in the home ninth accounted for the final score.

Game Notes

The Yankees took six of eight games from the White Sox this season...Nova's last loss was June 3...Humber's last win was July 2...New York recorded its seventh sweep of the season and fourth of three-or-more games...White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko returned to the lineup Thursday after missing thee games with a bruised left knee/calf. He went 2-for-3 as the designated hitter.

Final - 8.4.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 7 8 0
Chicago White Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0
WP: Ivan Nova (10 - 4)
LP: Philip Humber (8 - 8)

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Yankees 18, White Sox 7: Jeter Leads Onslaught With Five Hits

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees put together their best offensive game of the season Wednesday night, recording 23 hits in an 18-7 rout of the Chicago White Sox.

Derek Jeter led the offensive assault with a 5-for-6 performance at the plate. He scored four times and drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have won six in a row and have taken the first three contests of this four-game set.

Curtis Granderson went 4-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored for New York. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and knocked in four runs, while Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer and drove in four.

Every New York starter had at least one hit and a run scored.

"It seemed like all the guys were having good at-bats and hitting balls hard," Jeter said.

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett was in line for the win but couldn't get out of the fifth inning. He gave up seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 frames. Cory Wade (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory.

Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the White Sox, who have dropped five in a row.

Chicago also had a solid offensive night, with every starter picking up a hit. The home team ended with 14 hits.

Gavin Floyd (9-10) lasted just 2 1/3 innings in the worst outing of his career, giving up 10 runs on nine hits.

The Yankees came out of the gates on fire, to say the least, scoring 13 runs over the first three innings.

New York started the game in unusual fashion, with Brett Gardner and Jeter reaching base on consecutive bunt singles. Granderson followed with a bloop single to center to load the bases, and Mark Teixeira knocked in Gardner with a sacrifice fly. Cano cleared the bases with a blast over the wall in right for an early 4-0 lead.

Chicago was able to get one run back in the home first. Juan Pierre hit a ground-rule double to right, moved to third on Omar Vizquel's bunt single and scored on a Quentin sacrifice fly.

The Yankees tacked on two more runs in the second, when the top of the lineup got a rally started again. With two down, Gardner was hit by a pitch and Jeter singled. Granderson made it a 6-1 contest with a two-run triple to right.

The visitors chased Floyd from the game with a seven-run third. Nick Swisher singled and scored on Chavez's blast to right. Jorge Posada doubled and Russell Martin walked prior to Will Ohman taking over on the mound. Gardner's infield singled loaded the bases with one out before Jeter hit a two-run single. After Granderson struck out swinging, Teixeira hit a two-run triple and Cano added a run-scoring single for a 13-1 lead.

"I think Ohman saved the bullpen," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Ohman went out and helped us to at least conserve the bullpen."

The White Sox had a big inning of their own in the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski doubled and Alejandro De Aza singled to put men on the corners with one out. Brent Morel and Pierre followed with RBI singles. Quentin hit a three-run homer to left two batters later to make it a 13-6 game.

The home team made it interesting with another run in the fifth. Pierzynski's double drove in Ramirez, who led off with a single. Wade took over for Burnett with a runners on second and third and one out, and got out of the jam to keep it a 13-7 contest.

But New York put the game away with a four-run seventh. Brian Bruney started the inning on the mound for Chicago, but was quickly tossed from the game. After Martin doubled, Gardner hit a chopper off the mound that went to first.

Gardner beat the throw with a head-first slide and Bruney, who covered first on the play, made a few comments to first base umpire Marvin Hudson before being ejected. Matt Thornton came in from the bullpen and gave up two-run singles to Granderson and Chavez.

Granderson added an RBI double in the eighth.

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