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NEW YORK -- The Chicago White Sox battered around a New York Yankees rookie starter making his major league debut, and didn't do too badly against his successors either.

Until Chicago's final two outs, when the Yankees had another player make his major-league pitching debut, as outfielder Dewayne Wise recorded the last two outs after Chicago finished off a 14-7 win with a four-run ninth.

On a sweltering Friday night at Yankee Stadium, Chicago won its second straight game against the Yankees, pounding out 19 hits.

A.J. Pierzynski hit two home runs, and had three hits and three RBI for the White Sox, who won their fourth in a row overall. Alexi Ramirez had four hits, including a home run, and three RBI while Paul Konerko hit his 14th homer of the season and had three hits.

"We had a spurt like this like a month ago," Konerko said of the hot offense. "When you have them, you just try to ride it out. It's not gonna stay like that forever. It's tough to have all nine guys, eight out of nine guys, or whatever; everybody swinging the bat well, it's just not realistic, but you try to win those games and ride it out the best you can."

Derek Jeter singled in the first inning for the Yankees, giving him 3,185 career hits and moving him past Cal Ripken and into sole possession of 13th place on the major-league all-time hit list.

Curtis Granderson hit his 22nd homer of the season and Andruw Jones had two hits and two RBI for the Yankees.

Yankees starter Adam Warren lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his major-league debut, in a spot start for injured lefty CC Sabathia. Warren coughed up a 4-0 first-inning lead and allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings.

The 24-year-old righty was the leading candidate for a demotion as manager Joe Girardi acknowledged after the game he would likely have to make a roster change to help out the taxed bullpen.

"It's his first start. You try not to form too much of an opinion," Girardi said. "He didn't locate as well as I've seen him locate. That can happen in your first start."

Given a 4-0 lead by the Yankees in the first inning on Granderson's two-run homer and Jones' two-run double, Warren gave it right back in the second.

Chicago peppered him for four straight hits, including Pierzynski's first homer to lead off the inning, and a two-run double by Gordon Beckham, as the White Sox tied the game 4-4.

The White Sox added two more in the third on Konerko's leadoff homer and a RBI single by Pierzynski, to take a 6-4 lead. The Yankees tied it, 6-6, on Jayson Nix's two-run double off Ramirez's glove in the fourth.

After the early outburst against Warren and Sox starter Jose Quintana (3-1), the White Sox scored eight of the game's final nine runs.

Leading 7-6 after Pierzynski's home run off reliever David Phelps in the fifth, the White Sox tacked on a run in the sixth on Alex Rios' RBI single off Phelps. Ramirez's two-run homer off Cory Wade in the seventh made it 10-6.

Wade then gave up four runs on five hits in the ninth, giving the White Sox a 14-7 lead and raising his ERA to 5.79. Wise came on to spare the Yankees bullpen, and retired Konerko on a fly to center and Rios on a force out.

The former White Sox outfielder was best known in Chicago for a home-run robbing catch that saved Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game. Konerko would prefer he stays that way.

"I liked Dewayne Wise a lot better when he was making catches to preserve perfect games instead of facing him," Konerko said with a smile. "Hey, I had a good at-bat against him. I can sleep on that. I looked in the dugout, they were all laughing. I tipped my hat. Hey, Rios got jammed, go talk to him."

Quintana allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings before three relievers limited the Yankees to one run the rest of the way.

Phelps (1-3), who was on a plan to get stretched out in the minors for starter duty after helping out in the bullpen earlier this season, instead was called up Friday to work as the long man again and relieved Warren in the third.

"I've been there," Phelps said of Warren's rough debut, calling the pitcher one of his best friends. "I didn't pitch spectacular tonight."

NOTES: Yankees catcher Russell Martin (stiff back) was out of the lineup Friday for the fifth time in the last six games. Manager Joe Girardi said Martin told him he felt good, but wanted to be cautious and said he should return by Saturday or Sunday. ... Right-hander David Robertson wasn't likely to be available Friday night, Girardi said before the game, as the manager wants to be cautious to avoid having Robertson aggravate his rib injury. "I don't want to miss him another six to eight weeks, I really don't," Girardi said. ... Ryota Igarashi was demoted to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) to make room for Phelps. ... Right-hander Chris Schwinden was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and optioned to Scranton. ... White Sox righty Brian Bruney (left hip inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday. Brian Omogrosso, who will make his major-league debut in his first appearance, was called up from Class AAA Charlotte. That gave Chicago nine rookies on the roster, including seven pitchers. ... White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game in the fifth inning with an upset stomach, but said after the game he should be able to play Saturday.
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