CHICAGO -- Derek Jeter turned back the clock, going 4-for-5, including a triple, and Masahiro Tanaka pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball as the Yankees split their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
Jeter Day: The White Sox gave Jeter some presents and then he thanked them by picking up a season-best four hits, including a triple and two RBIs plus a run scored.
Before the game, Jeter had promised bench coach Tony Pena he would knock three hits. It was nearly the only thing he got wrong all day.
Jeter entered hitting .259 with 42 hits and 49 total bases. After the 4-for-5 days, he finished at .275 with a 46 hits and 55 totals bases.
His last four-hit game, incidentally, was Aug. 20, 2012, right here at The Cell.
New streak: Before losing to the Cubs on Tuesday, Tanaka had not lost in 42 consecutive regular season starts, dating back to Japan. He was 34-0 in that span. Joe Girardi said on Saturday that maybe Tanaka would start a new streak and better his previous mark. One down.
Tanaka line: Tanaka threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run (earned) on five hits and two walks He struck out six. He threw 118 pitches, 73 were strikes.
Tanaka is 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA. THe Yankees are 8-2 in his 10 starts. When others begin games, they are 18-21.
First hit: Tanaka held the White Sox hitless for the first three innings. With one out in the fourth, Conor Gillaspie hit a clean single to left.
On the board early: The Yankees beat up the White Sox's Brazilian starter Andre Rienzo. They smacked him around for five hits and four runs in the first two innings.
In the first, Jeter singled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out, but were stranded.
In the second, Yangervis Solarte and Ichiro Suzuki singled, while Brian Roberts walked to load the bases. Gardner (a two-run single) and Jeter (an RBI single) each drove home a run, while Ellsbury hit a sharp liner for a sacrifice fly.
Tanaka had a 4-0 lead after two. In other words, it felt like the game was over early.
What's next: After nearly a week in Chicago, the Yankees are off to St. Louis for three games. On Memorial Day at 4:15 p.m. ET, Chase Whitley (0-0, 1.00) vs. Michael Wacha (3-3, 2.54). On Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET, David Phelps (1-1, 3.18) vs. Lance Lynn (5-2, 3.60). On Wednesday, Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.55) vs. Shelby Miller (6-3, 3.18).
As Girardi noted on Sunday, all the Cardinals starters are young, mid-90s fastball guys.