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Yankees explode for eight runs in fourth, rout White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- In the thick of a playoff race, the New York Yankees were determined to avoid the letdown they had in Chicago last month -- when they were swept by the White Sox in a three-game series.

One big inning wiped out any worries.

Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the Yankees battered the White Sox 9-1 on Monday in a game interrupted for nearly two hours by rain.

"We've played better, there's no doubt about it. We've added a few pieces here since we played," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I feel a lot better."

A day after wasting a late lead in a loss to wild card-rival Baltimore, the Yankees rocked reliever Dylan Axelrod and took advantage of the sloppy White Sox for their most productive inning since Oct. 1.

With thunder clapping in the first inning, Jeter had a run-scoring single off Jose Quintana (7-5) to stop an 0-for-14 slide. It was the 3,313th hit of Jeter's career, tying him with Eddie Collins for ninth on the career list.

The Yankees' bats then made all the noise after a 1-hour, 53-minute delay, helping them end a six-game skid against Chicago.

Alfonso Soriano, Mark Reynolds, Austin Romine, Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Jeter all drove in runs during the fourth-inning barrage. The offensive display made it easy on David Huff (2-0), who entered for Phil Hughes with one out in the second when play resumed.

"Everybody got kind of loose after that inning," Romine said. "It was fun for us."

The Yankees looked as if they were eager to wipe out the memory of that sweep at the reeling White Sox from Aug. 5-7. New York, which entered Monday 3 back for the second AL wild card, follows this series with 11 straight games against East rivals Boston and Baltimore.

Chicago ended a 10-game losing streak with the win Aug. 5 -- the night of A-Rod's season debut -- and then went on a nice run for the AL Central's last-place team, going 16-7 until being swept by Boston last weekend. Paul Konerko hit his 432nd homer for the White Sox, passing Cal Ripken to take sole possession of 44th place on the home run list.

Rodriguez led off the fourth with an opposite-field double to right. The next six batters reached -- and five runs scored -- before Robinson Cano popped to second base for the first out.

The Yankees had help in running up their biggest inning since scoring nine against Boston during the final weekend of the regular season.

"We have to play better than that if we're going to start winning games," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "The rest of the way out we've got guys who you're kind of evaluating jobs for next year, so it just has to get better."

Wells followed Rodriguez's double with a one-hop single that Axelrod deflected with his glove. Curtis Granderson walked on a full-count pitch and Reynolds then hit a sharp grounder that diving third baseman Conor Gillaspie fielded only to have the ball squirt out of his glove. A-Rod scored and Reynolds had a hit.

Romine laced a two-run single to center field that made it 4-0, Gardner had an RBI double to right and Jeter slapped a ball up the middle that hit Axelrod and bounced away for another fortunate hit, and another run. After Cano popped to second base, Rodriguez popped a ball directly behind home plate that catcher Josh Phegley dropped for an error. With a second chance, Rodriguez walked to load the bases.

"We were fortunate we got some bounces that went our way but for the most part we had some good at-bats," Jeter said.

Jake Petricka relieved and didn't get much help from his defense, either.

Wells grounded to first baseman Adam Dunn, who went for the force at second but was off-target with his throw for an error as two runs scored to make it 9-0. Granderson and Reynolds, the 12th and 13th batters off the inning, each grounded into fielder's choices.

Axelrod gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.

"We weren't helping him at all." Ventura said. "You've got to be able to catch the ball and play good defense, otherwise you're not going to win games."

Huff gave up a run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

White Sox C Tyler Flowers will have surgery Thursday on his right shoulder. The operation will determine whether his labrum is damaged. Recovery time should take three to six months. ... Chicago pushed back LHP Hector Santiago's next start back a day to Thursday. The starter for Wednesday's series finale in New York is being listed as TBA but could be top prospect RHP Erik Johnson. ... Yankees LHP Cesar Cabral made his big league debut and got a souvenir with his first strikeout -- the ball was taken out of play. He pitched a scoreless eighth. ... J.R. Murphy singled in his big league debut, a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth. Murphy became the 52nd player used by the Yankees, breaking the team mark set in 2005 and tied in 2008.

 
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Derek Jeter breaks an 0-for-14 slide and finishes with a pair of hits and 2 RBI in the Yankees' blowout win. (USATSI)
Derek Jeter breaks an 0-for-14 slide and finishes with a pair of hits and 2 RBI in the Yankees' blowout win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, LF4010012 .268
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000003 .279
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000001 .286
Adam Dunn, 1B4010020 .228
Paul Konerko, DH3111101 .246
Avisail Garcia, CF4010012 .296
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3010002 .245
Jordan Danks, RF3010011 .258
Josh Phegley, C3010001 .214
Totals3217115  
Batting
2B - Jordan Danks (6, Huff)
HR - Paul Konerko (10, Huff)
RBI - Paul Konerko (46)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Alejandro De Aza (8, Misplayed grounder), Adam Dunn (8, Throwing), Josh Phegley (2, Dropped fly)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana (L,7-5) 1211010 3.69
Dylan Axelrod 2.1886210 5.56
Jake Petricka 2.2000020 2.45
David Purcey 2100130 1.47
HBP - Reynolds (by Dylan Axelrod)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 20-10, Dylan Axelrod 62-37, Jake Petricka 29-23, David Purcey 45-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 1-5, Jake Petricka 7-0, David Purcey 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 5, Dylan Axelrod 18, Jake Petricka 9, David Purcey 8
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF5221020 .273
Derek Jeter, SS4122000 .196
   a-Eduardo Nunez, PH-SS1000000 .251
Robinson Cano, 2B4010003 .305
   b-J.R. Murphy, PH10100001.000
Alfonso Soriano, LF4111022 .256
   c-Ichiro Suzuki, PH-RF1000001 .270
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3110101 .273
Vernon Wells, DH3111100 .243
Curtis Granderson, RF-LF3100112 .270
Mark Reynolds, 1B-3B3111013 .224
Austin Romine, C4112012 .228
Totals36911837  
a-grounded out for Jeter in the 8th
b-singled for Cano in the 8th
c-flied out for Soriano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner 2 (31, Quintana), Alfonso Soriano (28, Axelrod), Alex Rodriguez (3, Axelrod)
RBI - Brett Gardner (45), Derek Jeter 2 (6), Alfonso Soriano (88), Vernon Wells (44), Mark Reynolds (56), Austin Romine 2 (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Reynolds, Cano-Jeter-Reynolds-Cano-Reynolds
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes 1.1100000 4.86
David Huff (W,2-0) 5.2511031 3.32
Cesar Cabral 1100020 0.00
Adam Warren 1000100 3.66
WP - Cesar Cabral (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 20-14, David Huff 62-48, Cesar Cabral 13-11, Adam Warren 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 4-8, Adam Warren 1-2
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 5, David Huff 20, Cesar Cabral 4, Adam Warren 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40125
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Tim Welke