Jeter’s Four Hits Lead Yankees Past White Sox

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Derek Jeter made his final visit to U.S. Cellular Field a memorable one, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the White Sox Sunday.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-1) earned the win after going 6 2/3 innings and fanning six. The Sox and Yankees split the four-game series.

Before the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he is sticking with right-hander Ronald Belisario as his closer despite his recent struggles. He gave up three runs in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 4-3 extra-inning loss to New York.

“Right now,(Belisario) is the guy who is going to be in there. He’s going to go back out,” Ventura said.

Ventura had hoped the Sox would be in position to use a closer Sunday after the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the second inning as they sent eight men to the plate. Brett Gardner (2), Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in runs. Sox starter Andre Rienzo threw 54 pitches in the first two innings.

Jeter, who was honored before the game by the White Sox, collected his third hit of the game in the fourth inning—a triple to right-center that eluded diving centerfielder Adam Eaton. Jeter then scored with Rienzo unleashed a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

Jeter, who began the game hitting .259, collected his fourth hit of the day, an RBI single in the sixth to make it 6-0.

The Sox finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Flowers led off with a double and scored on a two-out single by Conor Gillaspie.

New York made it 7-1 in the eighth on a home run by Brian Roberts.

With late-inning relievers Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones already on the disabled list, Ventura acknowledges that the closer role is not easy to fill.

“It’s a combination of a lot of things. You have to have the stuff and you’ve got to be lucky and tough-minded and all those things rolled into one,” he said. “It’s not just one thing a guy has to have. You have to be all of those things rolled into one.”

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