White Sox 2, Yankees 0

A.J. Burnett was humming along with his best start of the year.

Too bad Phil Humber was a bit better.

Burnett pitched eight dominant innings, but Humber held New York

hitless into the seventh and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees

2-0 Monday to end a three-game skid.

”You come across guys who are on,” Burnett said. ”He threw a

heck of a game and didn’t miss many spots. You just have to do the

best you can.”

Burnett gave up a run on three hits and two walks in his first

eight-inning outing since a 1-0 loss at Kansas City on Aug. 15. His

longest appearance this season had been 6 1-3 innings on April


”I’m glad I was able to go deeper in the game,” Burnett said.

”I just need to get consistency and keep working because I’ve got

a long way to go.”

The hard-luck loss was his first defeat in 15 April starts with

the Yankees. He had been 8-0 with New York in April.

Humber didn’t allow a hit until Alex Rodriguez grounded a single

up the middle with one out in the seventh.

The White Sox won for only the second time in 12 games. Chicago

snapped a 23-inning scoreless drought in the fourth when Carlos

Quentin doubled and scored on Adam Dunn’s grounder, and added a run

in the ninth after a popup fell behind the mound – in front of

charging shortstop Derek Jeter.

”It was just one of those in-betweeners,” Yankees catcher

Russell Martin said. ”It sort of landed in a dead zone.”

Sergio Santos got four outs for his first save and Chicago’s

second in eight chances this season. He gave the White Sox a scare,

allowing a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson before Mark Teixeira

hit into a double play. Rodriguez struck out to end the


Manager Ozzie Guillen said some of the White Sox’s problems

could be attributed to the quality of pitching they were


The often-traveled Humber (2-2) was up to the challenge against

Burnett (3-1).

A waiver claim this winter from the Oakland Athletics, the

former No. 3 pick overall by the New York Mets in 2004 was making

his sixth career start and had never gone beyond six innings in the


Humber started the seventh off with his sixth straight

groundball out before walking Teixeira. A-Rod then hit a sharp

grounder for the first hit, eliciting a cheer usually reserved for

one of his home runs.

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez and catcher A.J. Pierzynski

immediately went to the mound to calm Humber after the hit, and the

right-hander responded by striking out Robinson Cano.

Nick Swisher grounded out to first on Humber’s 100th pitch, one

off his career high. Humber walked two and struck out five.

Humber was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2001, but did

not sign. He was probably best known in his big league career for

being traded by the Mets to Minnesota in a package for Johan

Santana in 2008.

Reliever Chris Sale got two outs in the Yankees eighth before

Santos was called upon when Andruw Jones was announced as a pinch

hitter. Manager Joe Girardi went to left-hander Eric Chavez, who

grounded a single down the right field line.

Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano, unavailable Sunday because of

tightness in his back, gave up a run in the ninth. The inning

started when Ramirez hit a high pop that dropped untouched behind

the mound. Paul Konerko singled home an insurance run.

With one out in the fifth, Humber hit Swisher with a pitch, then

induced Jorge Posada into grounding into a 3-6-3 double play.

NOTES: Burnett was drafted by the Mets in the eighth round in

1995. … The last time the Yankees were shut out during the

regular season at home was Aug. 20 against Seattle. The were shut

out by the Rangers 8-0 in the ALCS on Oct. 18.