NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano has been a home run-hitting machine since June 17, going yard nine times over a 14-game stretch.
The second baseman's third-inning two-run homer (20) off Chicago White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (L, 6-8) (5.1 IP, 8H, 4R) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday was the difference in a 4-2 final that improved the New York Yankees' record to 48-30.
"I mean, there's no explaining," Cano, discussing his home run binge with Yahoo! Contributor Network, said after New York won the series finale. "I've just been taking advantage of pitches right down the middle. Good thing they came out in a good situation.
"Everything is clicking right now," the four-time AL All-Star added.
Chicago got off to a good start, rallying for two runs against starter Phil Hughes (W, 9-6) in the first.
Floyd escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in New York's part of the first after getting Cano to bounce into a 1-2-2-3 double play and striking Nick Swisher out swinging. The Yankees were more fortunate in the second, when Eric Chavez golfed a two-run homer to right.
After that rocky first inning, Hughes shut the White Sox out over the next seven frames, and Rafael Soriano struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth, earning save No. 18.
Cano thought Hughes was "great," considering the early deficit and a game-time temperature of 95 degrees.
"Humid and hot; it's like you can't even breathe out there," he said. "Those were good innings. Especially against that team, he pitched really good."
Having lost the first two games of their series vs. Chicago, the best possible outcome for the Yankees was to salvage a split.
"You lose the first two, you gotta give the credit to the team," Cano said. "They did the little things. We came back and won these two. That's good. If you don't win [a series], you want to split up."
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