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Rapid reaction: Yankees 18, White Sox 7

CHICAGO – The New York Yankees are poised for a four-game sweep after an 18-7 crushing of the White Sox on Wednesday.

How it happened:

How it happened: This one was over just about the time it started when the Yankees opened the game with back-to-back bunt singles. They went on to score four runs in the first inning, two more in the second and drop the hammer with a seven-run third. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd gave up 10 runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings. Carlos Quentin hit a home run in a five-run fourth inning for the White Sox. The Yankees had 23 hits.

What it means: One week after convincing general manager Kenny Williams they could compete for a division title, the White Sox were thumped by the Yankees for their fifth consecutive defeat. The White Sox are now 6 ½ games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers, the furthest they have been back since June 5.

Outside the box: Floyd’s 10 runs allowed were the most he has given up in a single outing in his career, while the 13 hits allowed by Yankees starter A.J. Burnett were his career high.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Phil Humber (8-7, 3.44 ERA) will take the mound Thursday to close out the four-game series. He will be opposed by Yankees right-hander Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.