- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The New York Yankees keep showing signs that they might be ready to break out, and they keep turning in performances like this.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees 5-0 on Wednesday night.

“We can’t get over the hump,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We can’t play consistent enough to get over the hump and get to five games over, get to 10 games over and it’s a number of different things. It’s pitching at times. It’s swinging the bats at times. You look at the two games here and we didn’t hit with runners on and that was the difference.”

This time, it was one bad inning on the mound for Michael Pineda. And one rough night at the plate for the Yankees after they pounded out a season-high 20 hits in Tuesday’s 9-0 romp.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorious each had three hits for New York. But the Yankees (41-43) missed a chance to reach the .500 mark and dropped to 2-4 on a 10-game trip that takes them to the All-Star break.

Pineda, who had a 2.75 ERA in six June starts, gave up five runs and five hits in six innings. Four of those runs came with two outs in the second.

The White Sox have won six of eight and 11 of 16. They took two of three from the Yankees and won their fifth straight series.

That’s more like it for a team that led the AL Central at 23-10 before going into a huge tailspin.

“Everybody seems to be contributing in one way or another and it’s nice,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re playing better baseball, it’s that simple. We’re playing all-around better baseball.”

The White Sox bounced back after getting blanked for the fifth time and handed the Yankees their fifth shutout.

Tim Anderson capped the second with a two-run double off Pineda (3-8) and Gonzalez (2-4) took it from there, matching his longest outing of the season.

Gonzalez, who went seven innings in a loss at Houston last week, struck out three and walked one. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in his previous four starts.

“I think every game is independent of every other one,” New York’s Chase Headley said. “They came out and beat us the first night 8-2. We came back the next game and scored eight runs. You’re as good as your starting pitcher the next day as far as momentum. Theirs was very good tonight.”

Zach Duke worked 1 1/3 innings, and David Robertson got the final two outs, striking out Headley with runners on second and third to end the game.

NO BATTING PRACTICE

Both teams were forced to cancel batting practice after a pipe on the third-base side cracked. Workers dug a trench on the foul side of the base, though it was filled in by the time the game started.

“If we lose a player in a sink hole …,” Girardi said. “Maybe one of their players should walk over it first.”

SALE’S PITCH

White Sox ace Chris Sale was “very appreciative” after joining Billy Pierce as the only White Sox pitchers to make five straight AL All-Star teams. He also said it would be “such a thrill” to start, a possibility considering he leads the majors with 14 wins.

“I’ve always been there and seen the start of the game and just everything that goes into it,” he said. “I would be thrilled to do that.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Carlos Beltran was back at designated hitter after playing the outfield Tuesday for the first time in a week. He has been bothered by a tight right hamstring. “The issue is not gone, so he’s probably going to DH more than the outfield for a little bit,” Girardi said. Girardi also said he thinks Beltran will be able to play in the All-Star Game after being selected for the ninth time.

White Sox: The White Sox hope to get C Alex Avila (strained right hamstring) back during their series against Detroit at home July 21-24 after placing him on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Yankees: New York opens a four-game series at AL Central leader Cleveland, with RHP Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06 ERA) starting for the Yankees and RHP Trevor Bauer (7-2, 3.02) pitching for the Indians.

White Sox: Sale (14-2, 2.93) goes for his 15th win as the White Sox open a three-game series against Atlanta on Friday.


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