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Yanks sweep White Sox, head to Fenway tied for first

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CHICAGO -- Ivan Nova struck out a career-high 10 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep and winning their seventh in a row overall.

The Yankees moved into a tie with Boston for the AL East lead. The teams begin a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night.

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Russell Martin hit a three-run homer in the ninth to break open the game and send Chicago to its sixth consecutive loss. He drove in four runs.

Nova (10-4) pitched 7 2/3 innings and won his sixth consecutive decision. He held Chicago to one run and six hits and didn't walk a batter.

Robinson Cano homered, singled, walked and scored a pair of runs as the Yankees won their sixth straight against Chicago, a streak during which they've outscored the White Sox 49-14.

The White Sox have lost six straight after getting to the .500 mark and drawing within three games of the lead in the AL Central last Friday.

Chicago absorbed its first four-game sweep at home since dropping four in a row to Boston from Aug 23-26, 2007. The last time the White Sox were swept at home in a four-game set against New York was June 17-20, 1976.

Paul Konerko had two singles for a quiet White Sox offense in his first start since Sunday. He missed the three previous games with bruised left leg. Adam Dunn hit a home run in the ninth.

Phil Humber (8-8) lost his fourth consecutive start. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs.

Entering the game, the players currently on the Yankees' roster came into the game a combined 0 for 18 lifetime against Humber. He retired the first four batters on Thursday before Cano came up in the second.

With one out in the inning, Cano lined the first pitch he saw from Humber into the left-field bullpen for the first run of the game. It was Cano's 18th home run of the season and second in as many games after he had gone 14 games without a longball.

Nova had good stuff early, retiring the first seven White Sox in order, the last three on strikeouts.

The streak was broken when Alejandro De Aza beat out an infield grounder to shortstop Derek Jeter. That gave De Aza, who was 4 for 4 on Wednesday in an 18-7 loss to New York, five consecutive hits.

De Aza then stole second, went to third on Brent Morel's single to right and scored on Juan Pierre's sacrifice fly for a tie at 1.

The Yankees regained the lead in the sixth thanks to the speed of Brett Gardner, who started the inning with a double to right and went to third on Jeter's sacrifice bunt.

Curtis Granderson hit a hard grounder to Dunn at first base and Gardner broke for the plate. Dunn stepped on the bag to retire Granderson and threw home, but Gardner slid home safely just ahead of the tag by catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Humber seemed to tire in the Yankees' two-run seventh. Cano led off with a single, Nick Swisher walked and Jorge Posada hit an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

That was it for Humber, who was replaced by Jesse Crain after throwing 94 pitches. Swisher scored on Martin's sacrifice fly to deep center,

Notes

Konerko had been out since being hit in the left knee by a pitch against Boston last Sunday. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Konerko would be limited to designated hitter duty for a few days. ... Bartolo Colon will start for the Yankees in the series opener against Jon Lester. New York is 454-458 all-time at Fenway. However, the Yankees are 1-8 vs. Boston this season and have lost seven straight at Fenway. Colon has lost both of his starts against the Red Sox this season, once each at Boston and New York. ... Mark Buehrle gets the call for the White Sox in their opener at Minnesota in a key series for two teams scrambling to stay in the AL Central race. The Twins have beaten the White Sox in seven of eight meetings this season and have won 29 of their past 36 against Chicago. Buehrle has posted a 2.03 ERA over his past eight starts but is only 2-1 over that stretch. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 consecutive starts. ... White Sox speedster Juan Pierre was thrown out stealing in the sixth. He only 16 for 29 on the basepaths this season.

 
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Eric Chavez (12) greets Robinson Cano, who opens the scoring with a bases-empty home run in the second inning.  (Getty Images)
Eric Chavez (12) greets Robinson Cano, who opens the scoring with a bases-empty home run in the second inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Nova
IP 7.2
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 10
New York

R. Martin
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5110001 .279
Derek Jeter, SS3000100 .277
Curtis Granderson, CF4001010 .275
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000020 .253
Robinson Cano, 2B3221111 .301
Nick Swisher, RF3210101 .267
Eric Chavez, 3B4120002 .311
Jorge Posada, DH3011011 .236
    Eduardo Nunez, PR-DH1000002 .270
Russell Martin, C3114000 .227
Totals3378735  
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (17, Humber)
HR - Robinson Cano (18, Humber), Russell Martin (12, Bruney)
SF - Russell Martin (2)
SH - Derek Jeter (1)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (85), Robinson Cano (75), Jorge Posada (31), Russell Martin 4 (45)
SB - Derek Jeter (12, 2nd base off Crain/Pierzynski), Eduardo Nunez (16, 2nd base off Crain/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Chavez-Teixeira, Martin-Cano
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova (W,10-4) 7.26110100 3.81
David Robertson (H,22) 0.1000000 1.48
Hector Noesi 1111011 3.44
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 102-70, David Robertson 8-5, Hector Noesi 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 8-3
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 27, David Robertson 1, Hector Noesi 4
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3011001 .277
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000022 .267
Paul Konerko, DH3020000 .307
   a- Tyler Flowers, PH-DH1000010 .125
Adam Dunn, 1B4111011 .167
Carlos Quentin, RF4000021 .256
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000011 .287
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000020 .248
Alejandro De Aza, CF3110020 .353
Brent Morel, 3B3020000 .255
Totals31272011  
a-struck out for Konerko in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adam Dunn (11, Noesi)
SF - Juan Pierre (3)
RBI - Juan Pierre (28), Adam Dunn (39)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (14)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (1, 2nd base off Nova/Martin)
CS - Juan Pierre (13, 2nd base by Nova/Martin)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (L,8-8) 6.1544231 3.56
Jesse Crain 1000110 2.61
Matt Thornton 0.2000010 3.58
Brian Bruney 1333001 6.86
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 94-63, Jesse Crain 21-11, Matt Thornton 10-5, Brian Bruney 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 11-5, Matt Thornton 1-0, Brian Bruney 2-1
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 26, Jesse Crain 4, Matt Thornton 2, Brian Bruney 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28088
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge