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Yankees score season-high eight in 4th

Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double during the Yankees' eight-run fourth inning. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

NEW YORK -- Inept. Putrid. Embarrassing.

Words like those were routinely used to describe the New York Yankees' offense this season.

But on Monday, none of them applied.

The Bombers exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning of their rain-delayed Labor Day win over the Chicago White Sox.

They sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. They had seven hits and benefited from two White Sox flubs.

"We just kept tacking on runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "This time of year you want some games like this."

The frenzied fourth started with Alex Rodriguez, who opened the inning with a double off White Sox hurler Dylan Axelrod.

With the bases loaded, Mark Reynolds singled home one run and then Austin Romine drove in two with a single. That was followed by an RBI double from Brett Gardner and an RBI infield single from Derek Jeter that deflected off Axelrod's instep and ended up at third base.

The White Sox then committed two embarrassing errors -- a dropped pop-up by catcher Josh Phegley and a botched throw to second by Adam Dunn -- before the inning mercifully ended.

Still, it was enough for the Yankees to put away a game they needed to win.

The eight-run inning was a season high for the Bombers. It was their highest total since hanging nine in one inning on the Red Sox last September.

"Up and down the lineup, we had good at-bats," Jeter said. "Guys were swinging at good pitches."

That has been a rarity for a Yankees offense that entered play Monday ranked 18th in runs, 22nd in batting average and 20th in on-base percentage.

The big inning allowed Girardi to rest a bullpen he has relied extensively on this season.

It also allowed Girardi to insert Cesar Cabral and J.R. Murphy into the game to make their major league debuts.

Most importantly though, it gave the Yankees a chance keep pace in the wild-card race, which is all that really matters at this point of this season.