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Yankees knock around White Sox to earn split

Apr 29, 2011 - 5:29 AM Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored to help the New York Yankees earn a four-game split with the Chicago White Sox with a 12-3 win.

Brett Gardner went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored while Curtis Granderson knocked in two runs for the Yankees, who took the final two games of the series.

CC Sabathia (2-1) gave up three unearned runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts over seven innings to get the win.

Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez each drove in a run for the White Sox, who have dropped five of seven. Edwin Jackson (2-3) was tagged for six runs on four hits with five walks over four-plus innings.

The Yankees scored twice in the third inning without a hit. With one out, the next three batters each worked a walk and Swisher followed with a free pass to score Gardner. Robinson Cano then followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

"It was just one of those cases, not throwing strikes," Jackson said. "You definitely don't help your cause when you walk the bases loaded and put yourself in that predicament."

The fifth inning saw New York blow the game open with six runs. Gardner spoiled the no-hit bid with a leadoff homer to right. A double from Eduardo Nunez was followed by a triple from Granderson. Swisher then singled and Tony Pena took the mound.

Cano greeted him with a single and a double from Alex Rodriguez scored Swisher. After an intentional walk to Eric Chavez, Russell Martin singled to score one and Jorge Posada followed with a walk.

Will Ohman then took the mound and retired the next three batters, but the damage was done as the Yankees held an 8-0 lead.

"Any time in the game we can put up a six-spot," Sabathia said. "And that's always great for a pitcher, but you've got to be able to focus back in and stay locked in and keep making pitches."

A Chavez groundout in the sixth made it a 9-0 game, but the White Sox cut into their deficit with an RBI single from Ramirez followed by a two-run single from Quentin in the seventh. Quentin was caught in a rundown on his single to end the inning and it was a 9-3 game.

The Yankees, though, got the runs back in the bottom of the seventh on a sac fly from Granderson followed by a two-run homer from Swisher for a 12-3 advantage.

Game Notes

Sabathia is 17-4 in 30 starts against the White Sox...The Yankees took four of six from the White Sox last season...New York hosts Toronto for three games starting on Friday...The White Sox return home to face Baltimore for a four- game set beginning on Friday.