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Beltran homers, Yankees beat White Sox 5-3

By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltran is done talking about his elbow. All he's focused on now is trying to help the Yankees make the playoffs.

Beltran gave New York's struggling offense a jolt with a home run in his return to the lineup, Martin Prado had another go-ahead hit and the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Saturday.

''It's just an issue that I have there,'' Beltran said about his elbow. ''What is important is just being able to come to the ballpark every day and find a way to be in the lineup. ... I'm just thinking about winning ballgames.''

Hiroki Kuroda (9-8) worked in and out of trouble for six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in helping the Yankees to their third straight win after a 2-7 stretch. New York remained 3 1/2 games behind Seattle for the second AL wild card.

Beltran missed the previous three games because of a sore right elbow that has almost exclusively limited him to a designated hitter role since May. He singled and scored in the fourth, when the Yankees ran themselves out of a chance to break open the game, and led off the sixth with a drive off Scott Carroll (5-8) that just cleared the fence in right field.

Stephen Drew's sacrifice fly in the sixth put New York up 5-2, the first time the Yankees had scored more than four runs since Aug. 8, a span of 11 games.

''We're grinding out better at-bats,'' catcher Brian McCann said.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 34th save. Yankees batters did not strike out in a game for the first time since May 12, 2011, in an 11-5 loss to Kansas City.

Alexei Ramirez had an RBI double in the second but Chicago wasted an early lead for the second straight day - matching a season high with its fifth loss in a row.

''You have to continue to grind and get some runs on,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ''You have to put some crooked numbers late and you get a better chance.''

Prado hit a two-run double in the fourth that put New York up for good. He had a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth Friday night.

The Yankees squandered a chance for a big inning in the fourth, with Prado and Teixeira getting caught in rundowns between second and third. New York had seven consecutive batters reach in the inning but scored only on Prado's double.

McCann started the inning when left fielder Alejandro De Aza lost his routine fly in the sun, letting it drop for a leadoff double.

Carroll allowed five runs - four earned - and seven hits in six innings.

HONORING NO. 6

The Yankees retired former manager Joe Torre's No. 6 in a pregame ceremony. The new Hall of Famer led New York to four World Series championships in his first five years running the Yankees from 1996-2000. The Yankees made the playoffs in each of Torre's 12 seasons in the Bronx.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Javy Guerra was activated from the bereavement list and LHP Eric Surkamp was sent to Triple-A Charlotte. ... OF Adam Eaton (strained right oblique) was set to start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow ligament) threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game and said he felt fine. The Yankees will wait to see how the Japanese ace feels Sunday before determining the next step in his rehab. ... SS Derek Jeter was given the day off.

UP NEXT

In a matchup of left-handers, White Sox All-Star Chris Sale (10-3) faces Chris Capuano (1-3) in the finale of the three-game series. Capuano has struck out Adam Dunn 12 times in 27 at-bats, but Dunn has two homers. Sale is 3-0 with a 0.85 ERA against New York.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

White Sox RHP Matt Lindstrom pitched two perfect innings, lowering his road ERA to 1.33 since 2011, the second-best mark for relievers during that period.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

H. Kuroda
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Alejandro De Aza, LF3110111.250.318.363
   a-Dayan Viciedo, PH1000011.233.279.399
Carlos Sanchez, 2B5011002.286.286.357
Jose Abreu, 1B3021100.307.365.600
Adam Dunn, DH4000015.220.343.429
Avisail Garcia, RF4000023.241.300.444
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4110000.304.358.445
Alexei Ramirez, SS4011000.286.319.414
Jordan Danks, CF3110121.187.271.280
Adrian Nieto, C3000023.247.307.333
   b-Paul Konerko, PH0000100.234.277.368
   Tyler Flowers, PR0000000.238.296.358
Scott Carroll, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3437349    
a-struck out for De Aza in the 9th
b-walked for Nieto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alejandro De Aza (18, Kelley), Carlos Sanchez (1, Kuroda), Conor Gillaspie (30, Kuroda), Alexei Ramirez (27, Kuroda)
RBI - Carlos Sanchez (1), Jose Abreu (94), Alexei Ramirez (59)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Avisail Garcia 1
DP - A. Ramirez-Abreu, A. Ramirez-Abreu-Lindstrom-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Carlos Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll (L,5-8) 6754301 5.05
Matt Lindstrom 2000000 5.09
HBP - Teixeira (by Matt Lindstrom)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 87-52, Matt Lindstrom 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 11-6, Matt Lindstrom 1-4
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 27, Matt Lindstrom 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000003.275.340.398
Brett Gardner, LF4000000.269.346.435
Brian McCann, C4110000.233.287.382
Mark Teixeira, 1B1100200.234.337.435
Carlos Beltran, DH4221001.239.296.429
Martin Prado, 2B4132000.271.314.387
Chase Headley, 3B3000001.233.307.352
Stephen Drew, SS1001101.172.248.317
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010000.280.325.328
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Warren, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2857430    
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (14, Carroll), Martin Prado 2 (23, Carroll)
HR - Carlos Beltran (15, Carroll)
SF - Stephen Drew (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (46), Martin Prado 2 (53), Stephen Drew (20)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Prado-Headley-Teixeira
E - Stephen Drew (6, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (W,9-8) 6522260 3.94
Shawn Kelley (H,10) 0.2211110 4.46
Dellin Betances (H,19) 0.1000000 1.42
Adam Warren (H,18) 1000000 3.43
David Robertson (S,34) 1000120 2.94
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 101-60, Shawn Kelley 17-10, Dellin Betances 4-2, Adam Warren 10-7, David Robertson 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-6, Shawn Kelley 1-0, Adam Warren 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Shawn Kelley 5, Dellin Betances 1, Adam Warren 3, David Robertson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47594
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tom Woodring, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski