CHICAGO (AP) - Ozzie Guillen shrugged his shoulders and laughed it off.
The White Sox busted out for seven runs Wednesday night and it wasn't nearly enough.
Gavin Floyd was chased in the third inning and Guillen's team went on to an 18-7 loss that left it on the fringe of the AL Central race.
``I think we picked the wrong day to score seven runs,' the manager said with a grin.
Derek Jeter had five hits and Curtis Granderson drove in five runs for the surging Yankees, who have won six straight and nine of 11. Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits and four RBIs.
``They don't miss much. It seems like they know what's coming,' Guillen said. ``I think Gavin was very off and every time he threw the ball around the plate, he got hit pretty hard.'
Cano capped the Yankees' four-run first with a three-run drive to right for his 17th homer. Granderson added a two-run triple in the second and New York forced Floyd (9-10) from the game during its seven-run third inning.
``They were just hitting,' Floyd said.
Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner scored four times and Mark Teixeira drove in three runs in New York's highest-scoring game of the season.
``Guys are having good at_bats, hitting balls hard, finding holes,' Jeter said. ``It's not too often during a course of a season where it seems like everyone is swinging the bat well at the same time, but it's been the case for us the last few days.'
Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the slumping White Sox, who have lost five straight and are in danger of falling out of playoff contention. Detroit beat Texas 5-4 to increase its lead over third-place Chicago to 6 1/2 games.
``It is what it is right now,' said Juan Pierre, who had two hits and scored twice for the White Sox. ``You can't make up five games that you just lost so you have to just go out tomorrow and try to scrape one across.'
It was the highest-scoring game for the White Sox since they beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers 8-2 on July 15. Chicago had scored seven runs total in the previous four games.
``The highlight was we scored a few runs,' Guillen said. ``We're swinging the bats pretty good.'
Chicago was again without first baseman Paul Konerko, who is sidelined with a bruised left calf and could return for the finale of the four-game series on Thursday.
The Yankees, used to controversy at this point, brushed off the news before the game that injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.
``I don't really have any comment on that,' manager Joe Girardi said. ``Let baseball handle those things.'
Cano led off the third with a fly ball to center but the next six batters reached. Nick Swisher singled and Chavez followed with a drive to right for his first homer since May 11, 2010, for Oakland at Texas. Jorge Posada doubled and Russell Martin walked before Floyd was replaced by Will Ohman.
New York kept on rolling after Floyd left; Jeter hit a two-run single, Teixeira drove in two more with a triple that skipped by center fielder Alex Rios, and Cano added an RBI single.
Floyd was charged with nine hits and a career-high 10 runs. He was 3-0 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in his previous three starts.
The Yankees staked A.J. Burnett to a 13-1 lead, but he still wasn't able to able to snap a six-start winless streak. The right-hander gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Cory Wade (2-0) followed Burnett with 1 1-3 scoreless innings to get the victory.
NOTES: Konerko hit in the batting cage and ran on an underwater treadmill before the game. ... Ohman allowed three runs in a career-high 3 2-3 innings. ... White Sox RHP Brian Bruney was ejected for the first time in the seventh inning for arguing a close play at first. ... Ivan Nova (9-4, 4.01 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night against the White Sox. Nova was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday and threw seven solid innings in New York's 17-3 victory over Baltimore in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader. ... RHP Phil Humber will oppose Nova in the series finale. Humber is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA in his past five starts. ... The White Sox honored former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley during a pregame ceremony.
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