^By JAY COHEN=
^AP Sports Writer=
CHICAGO (AP) _ Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday.
Stephen Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 road trip _ matching a season long. Ellsbury drove in three runs, and Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs.
New York also got a lift from Ivan Nova (4-3), who pitched six innings of five-hit ball in his third consecutive victory. Nova’s previous start on Monday at Texas was cut short by arm fatigue, a condition he contributed to his comeback from Tommy John surgery in April 2014.
Chicago was coming off an 8-2 victory on Saturday night and averaged seven runs in its previous 10 games, but Nova allowed just one run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single in the sixth.
Samardzija (8-6) was tagged for nine runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Samardzija, who is eligible for free agency after the season, also walked two and hit two batters in his first start since the White Sox decided to keep the right-hander at Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Ellsbury drove Samardzija’s second pitch of the game over the wall in center for his first leadoff homer of the season and No. 12 for his career. He also had a sacrifice fly in New York’s five-run fourth inning and a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.
Teixeira led off the fifth with his 29th homer, a 415-foot drive to right on a 3-1 pitch. The slugger connected from both sides of the plate in New York’s 13-6 victory in the series opener on Friday night and had five homers in the last four games of the road trip.
A two-out walk for Gregorius sent Samardzija to the dugout, and Drew greeted Scott Carroll with a two-run double. Drew also had a two-run triple against Carroll in the seventh.
Alexei Ramirez and Geovany Soto homered for the White Sox, and Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first.
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