|N.Y. Yankees (79-50) «||2||2||2||0||4||0||0||1||1||12||14||0|
|Chi. White Sox (70-59)||1||0||2||2||0||0||0||2||2||9||16||1|
This time, New York's bruising lineup did most of the work.
Eduardo Nunez hit his first career homer and drove in four runs for New York, which remained tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead. Nick Swisher connected for a two-run drive and Robinson Cano had three hits.
Nunez was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Lance Berkman went on the disabled list Aug. 19. He has made five starts at third base in place of ailing Alex Rodriguez and is batting .333.
"He was the star of the night, going 3 for 4, pretty much saving us," Sabathia said.
Sabathia (18-5) struck out nine, but allowed five runs and nine hits. The big left-hander has won five consecutive starts and is 14-2 with a 2.55 ERA in his last 17 outings.
Sabathia had to navigate the White Sox lineup with an ineffective changeup.
"I just tried throwing fastball in a little more," he said. "I still have to throw my changeup, it's one of the pitches I use a lot. I just try to throw in and get them off the plate a little bit."
It was a much-needed victory for New York, which was coming off an ugly 9-4 loss in the series opener and had dropped three of four overall.
"This was a big game. This has been a trip where we had some tough losses," manager Joe Girardi said. "CC did a nice job, he gave up a couple of home runs on changeups then he settled down nicely and got us through the seventh."
But the Yankees also lost Mark Teixeira after two innings to a bruised right thumb. The Gold Glove first baseman fielded Gordon Beckham's routine grounder and slowly stepped on first for the final out of the second, then was taken down for a pinch hitter in the third.
Teixeira said he injured his thumb on Friday while making a diving stop.
"I tried to take BP today and I thought maybe adrenaline would kick in and I would be all right for the game, but I had nothing, I swung with one hand," he said. "I'm going to get here early tomorrow and get some treatment and see it how feels."
Paul Konerko hit his 32nd homer and finished with four RBIs for the White Sox, who had won three of four. Chicago fell 4½ games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota, which beat Seattle 1-0.
"They score 12 runs and we come back and make those guys bring in the best closer in the game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Yankees got off to a fast start against John Danks (12-9), belting two-run homers in each of the first three innings to build a 6-1 lead. Swisher hit his 24th in the first, connecting for the second straight day against his former team. Nunez got his first one in the second and Thames went deep in the third.
"You score five runs off of CC Sabathia, you have to find a way to win that game," Danks said. "I have to take full responsibility for this one."
Konerko and Jones each hit a two-run shot to get Chicago within one, but the Yankees responded with four runs in the fifth. Posada hit a two-run double off Tony Pena and Nunez singled in a pair to make it 10-5.
Alexei Ramirez also homered for Chicago, which finished with 16 hits. Jones went 3 for 3 and scored twice.
Thames also connected in the ninth, helping Sabathia improve to 16-4 in his career against the White Sox.
|CC Sabathia hurls 7 strong innings against the ChiSox to become the season's first 18-game winner. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||0||1||2||5||.272|
|Ramiro Pena, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Nick Swisher, RF-1B||5||2||2||3||1||0||3||.294|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|a- Curtis Granderson, PH-CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.245|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||2||3||0||0||0||2||.323|
|Marcus Thames, DH||5||2||2||3||0||1||3||.319|
|Jorge Posada, C||3||1||2||2||2||1||0||.257|
|Austin Kearns, LF-RF||4||1||0||0||1||2||3||.273|
|Brett Gardner, CF-LF||3||1||1||0||2||1||1||.286|
|Eduardo Nunez, 3B-SS||4||2||3||4||1||0||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Teixeira in the 3rd|
|2B - Jorge Posada 2 (19, Pena, Torres), Brett Gardner (15, Torres)|
|HR - Nick Swisher (24, Danks), Marcus Thames 2 (8, Danks, Torres), Eduardo Nunez (1, Danks)|
|RBI - Nick Swisher 3 (75), Marcus Thames 3 (24), Jorge Posada 2 (49), Eduardo Nunez 4 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames 2 (7), Jorge Posada 2 (18), Eduardo Nunez 4 (5)|
|SB - Eduardo Nunez (1, 2nd base off Pena/Castro)|
|CS - Curtis Granderson (2, 2nd base by Torres/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Pena-Cano-Swisher|
|New York Yankees|
|CC Sabathia (W,18-5)||7||9||5||5||1||9||2||3.14|
|Mariano Rivera (S,26)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.16|
|Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 113-78, Joba Chamberlain 9-7, Boone Logan 10-5, David Robertson 15-10, Mariano Rivera 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-7, Boone Logan 1-1, Mariano Rivera 1-1|
|Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 31, Joba Chamberlain 3, Boone Logan 3, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Alex Rios, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.291|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||5||1||3||4||0||1||1||.319|
|Carlos Quentin, DH||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.240|
|Ramon Castro, C||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.322|
|Andruw Jones, RF||3||2||3||2||2||0||0||.215|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.281|
|a- Mark Teahen, PH-3B||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||.273|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.251|
|a-grounded out for Lillibridge in the 8th|
|2B - Andruw Jones (9, Chamberlain), Gordon Beckham (23, Logan)|
|3B - Alex Rios (3, Robertson)|
|HR - Alexei Ramirez (15, Robertson), Paul Konerko (32, Sabathia), Andruw Jones (18, Sabathia)|
|RBI - Alexei Ramirez (55), Paul Konerko 4 (92), Andruw Jones 2 (42), Mark Teahen (21), Gordon Beckham (47)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko 3 (39), Gordon Beckham (16)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Danks-Beckham-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko|
|E - Carlos Torres (1, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|John Danks (L,12-9)||4.1||6||8||8||4||5||3||3.65|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 97-63, Tony Pena 25-14, Carlos Torres 69-42, Lucas Harrell 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-3, Carlos Torres 1-5|
|Batters Faced - John Danks 22, Tony Pena 6, Carlos Torres 17, Lucas Harrell 2|
|Attendance - 38811|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|