CHICAGO (AP) – Randy Johnson allowed home runs to three straight batters for the first time in his major league career and four in all during the fourth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-2 Sunday to stop a seven-game losing streak.

Giving a 1-0 lead, the Big Unit allowed solo homers to Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko with one out in the fourth, gave up consecutive singles to Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe, then allowed a three-run homer to Chris Widger.

Johnson (11-8) has allowed 29 homers, the most in the American League and second in the major leagues behind Cincinnati’s Eric Milton (35). The most Johnson has allowed in a season was 30 with Arizona in 1999.

The Big Unit, who missed a start earlier this month because of a bad back, allowed 10 hits, struck out eight and walked none in his fourth complete game this season. His ERA rose to 4.34.

It was just the second time in his career he allowed four home runs in a start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other was on June 20, 1999, for Arizona against Atlanta.

Scott Sanderson and Catfish Hunter were the only other Yankees pitcher to allow four homers in an inning.

Former-Yankee Jose Contreras (8-7) allowed two run – one earned- and 11 hits, and matched his career-high by pitching eight innings. He struck out five and walked none.

After allowing a leadoff single to Pablo Ozuna in the first, Johnson retired nine straight batters before Iguchi homered to right on a 2-0 pitch. After fouling off a 2-2 pitch, Rowand homered to right to put Chicago ahead.

Konerko, who missed the first two games of the series with a strained lower back, fell behind 0-2 before sending a drive to left for his 32nd homer.

It was the seventh time in franchise history the White Sox hit three consecutive homers. Johnson was the first Yankees pitcher to give up three straight since Bill Fulton in the eighth inning against Minnesota on Sept. 12, 1987.

After the singles by Dye and Uribe, Widger hit his fourth home run of the season. Chicago had four homers in an inning for the fourth time, the first since May 3, 2000, against Toronto.

Notes: Robinson Cano hit an RBI grounder in the third, and Tino Martinez hit a run-scoring single in the sixth.

AP-ES-08-21-05 1755EDT


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