By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Gardner led off the Yankees’ six-run fifth
inning with a homer for their first hit of the game, and Nick
Swisher homered and had four RBIs in New York’s 12-3 rout of the
Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
CC Sabathia pitched seven sharp innings to beat a familiar foe
and help New York gain a split of the four-game series. Swisher hit
his first homer in 76 at-bats this season and he, Nunez and Gardner
scored three runs apiece. Every Yankees starter except Nunez had at
least one RBI.
Curtis Granderson tripled, Alex Rodriguez and Nunez each hit a
double, and Swisher broke an 0-for-19 slump with a single in the
fifth. New York sent nine batters to the plate before making an out
in the inning.
The White Sox never awoke from their hitting slumber in this
series but won the first two games thanks to solid starting
pitching. Chicago heads home after a 3-8 road trip in which it
scored more than three runs in only one game.
With Derek Jeter getting a planned day off and Mark Teixeira out
with a sore shoulder, the Yankees struggled against Edwin Jackson
(2-3) through the first four innings. But they did score twice in
the third when Jackson walked four and threw a wild pitch as a
light drizzle fell at Yankee Stadium. Robinson Cano, moved to third
from fifth in the lineup, hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Sabathia (2-1) improved to 17-4 against the White Sox in 30
career starts, a team he faced often with Cleveand in the AL
Central. He is just one of two pitchers in big league history that
has at least 25 starts and four or fewer losses against Chicago,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Filling in at shortstop, Nunez made two errors, a fielding error
to start the game and a throwing miscue that led to three unearned
runs in the seventh.
Sabathia gave up seven hits and no earned runs. He struck out
six and walked one.
On Monday, Phil Humber held New York hitless into the seventh,
and the Yankees had scored just five runs in the first three games
of the series.
That all changed in the fifth.
Gardner led off with a homer. Nunez hit a liner to left field
that Brent Lillibridge, Tuesday’s star for making two acrobatic,
game-saving catches in the ninth, took a step in on. The ball
deflected off his glove as he slipped on the slick grass for a
double. Granderson followed with a triple and Swisher had an RBI
Jackson was done, having given up four hits and six runs in
four-plus innings. He walked a season-high five.
Tony Pena relieved and gave up a single to Cano. Rodriguez
followed with a run-scoring double off the wall. A-Rod stood on
second, hands on hips, watching the replay of his drive. Eric
Chavez was intentionally walked ahead of Russell Martin’s RBI hit
and Jorge Posada’s bases-loaded walk.
Pena left with discomfort in his right elbow and Will Ohman
retired three straight to end the 32-minute inning.
Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin had RBI hits with two outs in
the White Sox seventh. The third run scored when Quentin tried
stretching his drive off the wall in right but was caught in a
rundown between first and second.
Swisher hit a three-run shot in the seventh for a 12-3 lead.
NOTES: Yankees RHP Carlos Silva is scheduled to make his first
extended spring training start on Saturday. … New York RHP Luis
Ayala (strained back muscle) is also set to pitch Saturday in
extended spring training. … White Sox RHP Jake Peavy is scheduled
to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
His outing in Double-A on April 18 was cut short because of
discomfort in his surgically repaired right shoulder. … The White
Sox will unveil a plaque to commemorate the “Hawk Harrelson
Broadcast Level” at U.S. Cellular Field. Harrelson is in his 26th
season as a White Sox broadcaster. … George Pipgras was 19-4
against the White Sox in 28 career starts, according to Elias.
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