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White Sox avoid series sweep to Cubs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Gavin Floyd needed a night like this. So did his team, for that matter.

Floyd pitched four-hit ball into the seventh, Gordon Beckham homered, and the struggling Chicago White Sox beat the Cubs 7-0 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Floyd (5-7) put aside his recent problems. Beckham matched a career-high by driving in four runs, and the White Sox got an easy win after dropping six of seven. They also avoided being swept for the first time this season.

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"We needed that," Beckham said. "We've been doing a good job of not getting swept. ... We're playing hard, we're doing the right thing. It's just coming a little harder the last week and a half."

They finally showed some pop after managing just 19 runs over the previous seven games, including a 2-1 loss in which Jake Peavy went the distance the previous night.

Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each delivered RBI singles as the White Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third. Beckham then chased Randy Wells (1-2) with a run-scoring single in the fourth and broke it open with a three-run drive off Scott Maine in the sixth, making it 6-0.

That was more than enough on a night when Floyd came through with one of his best performances. The right-hander struck out four while walking just one batter in 6 1/3 innings. It was a huge improvement after going 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA in his previous six starts. He also got his first win in five outings against the Cubs and is now 1-3 against them.

"It was frustrating," Floyd said.

But at the same time, he had "a peace about it" and kept believing he would get through it. He also felt he pitched better than the numbers showed, at least in some of those recent starts.

"There were games where I felt really good and [just didn't] get the results," he said. "It's part of baseball, I guess."

Floyd certainly had things working for him. He gave up a double to David DeJesus and triple to Starlin Castro leading off the third and sixth innings but worked out of it both times.

The White Sox hitters did their part, too -- particularly Beckham.

After knocking out Wells in the fourth, he put this one away in the sixth when he drove his ninth homer to the sports bar just beyond the right-field wall.

That shot came after Eduardo Escobar singled and Alejandro De Aza walked. By then, the White Sox were in control, something Wells never had.

He struggled in a big way after being reinserted into the rotation with Ryan Dempster going on the disabled list this week because of right lat tightness.

Wells threw 69 pitches in 3 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and four walks without a strikeout.

"The bottom line was the walks again with him," manager Dale Sveum said. "He's got to throw strikes. He just can't seem to maintain innings without walking anybody."

Wells was wild from the start and paid for it as the White Sox scored two in the third. He walked Escobar and De Aza to start the inning, and they came around on the singles by Dunn and Konerko.

The Cubs got a scare in the seventh when reliever Casey Coleman was hit on the last three knuckles on his right hand by the barrel of a broken bat as Escobar grounded to second to end the inning.

Sveum and a trainer immediately came out to the mound. Coleman walked off on his own power, but Manuel Corpas came out to start the eighth.

Sveum said X-rays showed no fractures, and Coleman said he won't miss any time. The next game is at Arizona on Friday.

"I didn't see it until it hit me," Coleman said. "It's really scary when something like that happens, but I got lucky it was just the barrel that hit me in the knuckle. It's scary, when you don't see it, especially."

Notes

  • The White Sox held Orlando Hudson out of the lineup and went with Escobar at third base, instead. "Just a mental break," manager Robin Ventura said. Hudson, who is new to the position, committed a throwing error that helped set up DeJesus' two-run single on Tuesday and was in a 4-for-26 slide at the plate.
  • Sveum had no issue with Peavy saying after Tuesday's game that the White Sox have "got to show up and take advantage of these opportunities" against weak teams. ""The record dictates those kind of things," Sveum said. "When you've won 20 games coming into a series and the other team's won 35, that's the way it is. That's the way you look at schedules. That's just what we all do. That's just the nature of the game."
 
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Gordon Beckham homers in the sixth inning and matches a career-high four RBI. (US Presswire)
Gordon Beckham homers in the sixth inning and matches a career-high four RBI. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4010020 .261
Starlin Castro, SS4010001 .302
Bryan LaHair, 1B3000112 .290
Alfonso Soriano, DH4010012 .266
Steve Clevenger, C4000013 .256
Darwin Barney, 2B3000000 .265
Luis Valbuena, 3B3000010 .217
Reed Johnson, RF3010010 .293
Tony Campana, LF3000001 .275
Totals3104017  
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (14, Floyd)
3B - Starlin Castro (7, Floyd)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wells (L,1-2) 3.2533400 4.91
Jairo Asencio 1.1100000 5.08
Scott Maine 1233101 9.45
Casey Coleman 1211000 5.06
Manny Corpas 1000010 0.93
HBP - De Aza (by Manny Corpas)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 63-38, Jairo Asencio 15-13, Scott Maine 24-10, Casey Coleman 20-11, Manny Corpas 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 7-4, Jairo Asencio 3-1, Scott Maine 2-1, Casey Coleman 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 20, Jairo Asencio 5, Scott Maine 6, Casey Coleman 5, Manny Corpas 4
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF2210200 .297
Gordon Beckham, 2B4124001 .238
Adam Dunn, DH4011103 .225
Paul Konerko, 1B5011012 .354
Alex Rios, RF4110002 .287
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010102 .286
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000003 .256
Alexei Ramirez, SS4121001 .235
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3210102 .190
Totals33710751  
Batting
HR - Gordon Beckham (9, Maine)
SH - Gordon Beckham (3)
RBI - Gordon Beckham 4 (31), Adam Dunn (53), Paul Konerko (39), Alexei Ramirez (31)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (8), Alexei Ramirez (14)
SB - Eduardo Escobar (2, 2nd base off R. Wells/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,5-7) 6.1400140 5.20
Matt Thornton 1.1000030 3.23
Jesse Crain 0.1000000 2.14
Will Ohman 1000000 5.70
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 108-72, Matt Thornton 21-15, Jesse Crain 5-3, Will Ohman 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 9-6, Matt Thornton 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 24, Matt Thornton 4, Jesse Crain 1, Will Ohman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32311
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor