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Beckham gives White Sox victory over rival Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham was struggling and the Chicago White Sox are banged up. That didn't stop them from completing a sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs.

Beckham's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning helped the White Sox beat the rival Cubs 5-1 on Tuesday night. Beckham was 1 for 6 in the White Sox's 3-1, 12-inning win Monday over the Cubs, but he matched a career high with four hits Tuesday.

The fourth one, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs from Neil Ramirez (0-1), gave Beckham his first homer of the season and the White Sox the lead, one they held to sweep the two-game series at Wrigley Field before the teams start a two-game set Wednesday across town at U.S. Cellular Field.

Entering Tuesday, Beckham was 3 for his last 17 and hitting just .167 on the season. But he took extended batting practice earlier in the day, and that paid off later.

"It was great. I mean great night, completely blessed to have it and definitely comes at a good time," Beckham said. "Good win."

The sweep was made more impressive by what the White Sox have been battling. Their best pitcher, starting third baseman, center fielder and right fielder are all injured, and Adam Dunn was a late scratch and replaced in the lineup by Moises Sierra.

Sierra had four hits, and the White Sox had their third straight win.

"They're scrapping and finding a way to do it. Especially with all the injuries of guys going down you just kind of have to find your way sometimes and scratch and claw and take what you can get," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "They've been doing that, which is good."

They've also been pitching well against the Cubs, who lost their third straight.

Zach Putnam (1-0) had an 18.90 ERA in five games for the Cubs last season but threw two scoreless innings for the White Sox, who have won consecutive games against the North Siders for the first time since taking three in a row in 2012.

The White Sox's starter had another good night but wasn't the beneficiary of Beckham's home run and the three ninth-inning insurance runs -- capped by pinch-hitter Jordan Danks' two-run double off Pedro Strop -- that also gave the White Sox their third straight win after a four-game skid.

Hector Noesi gave the White Sox their second straight strong start against their crosstown rivals. One day after Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the sixth, Noesi went five innings and allowed one run while striking out six.

"Not very good [the past two nights]," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

It was also a departure from Noesi's first start of the season, when he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs in an April 30 loss to Detroit.

"I really would like to be a starter," Noesi said. "I feel comfortable."

Like Noesi, Cubs starter Edwin Jackson saw one of his better outings end up in a no-decision. Jackson entered with a 5.24 ERA but went seven innings and gave up one run while striking out a season-high nine, following up Jeff Samardzija's nine-inning, one-run outing Monday.

"That game yesterday ... Samardzija threw a hell of a game," Jackson said. "I can't lie and say that didn't give me some extra motivation today to come out and follow up that performance with a strong outing."

The White Sox did, too, and finished a two-game sweep of the Cubs.

"It's good. I mean we need to keep, no matter who it is, keep grinding out and getting some wins. Last three games has been good," Beckham said. "We've found a way to win in some tight games and obviously pulled a bit today but it's good team-building stuff."

Notes

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said there have been no trade talks yet. "Teams have to have a sense that they can't fill a hole internally," he said. "People don't usually come to that conclusion in May." ... White Sox manager Robin Ventura said LHP Chris Sale (left arm) was feeling "good" one day after a 40-pitch bullpen session and that he'll have another session "in the near future." ... Cubs RHP Jose Veras, on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained left oblique, threw a scoreless inning Tuesday during a rehab stint for Double-A Tennessee. ... White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie (left hand) is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday, and Ventura said "you're hoping that he's back pretty soon." ... The Cubs will play a day-night doubleheader at Cincinnati on July 8 to make up the game from April 28, which was postponed due to rain.

 
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Gordon Beckham finishes with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Neil Ramirez. (USATSI)
Gordon Beckham finishes with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Neil Ramirez. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

E. Jackson
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF5000021 .186
Gordon Beckham, 2B5241001 .234
Jose Abreu, 1B4010012 .254
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000022 .306
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
Alexei Ramirez, SS3101110 .321
Moises Sierra, RF4140000 .154
Tyler Flowers, C4111022 .326
Marcus Semien, 3B4000023 .213
Hector Noesi, P2000010 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   a-Adam Dunn, PH1000000 .269
   Jordan Danks, CF1012000 .098
Totals365115111  
a-grounded out for Putnam in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Abreu (9, Ramirez), Moises Sierra (1, Jackson), Tyler Flowers (3, Strop), Jordan Danks (1, Strop)
HR - Gordon Beckham (1, Ramirez)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (2), Alexei Ramirez (20), Tyler Flowers (10), Jordan Danks 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (1)
PK - Gordon Beckham (1, Jackson), Moises Sierra (1, Jackson)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi 5411160 8.27
Zach Putnam (W,1-0) 2000020 1.35
Scott Downs (H,2) 1000120 6.00
Daniel Webb 1000110 2.50
WP - Hector Noesi 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 81-51, Zach Putnam 29-19, Scott Downs 23-12, Daniel Webb 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 3-6, Zach Putnam 4-0, Scott Downs 1-0, Daniel Webb 1-1
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 20, Zach Putnam 6, Scott Downs 4, Daniel Webb 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B-3B4011010 .308
Luis Valbuena, 3B3000022 .211
   a-Mike Olt, PH-3B0000100 .162
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010001 .291
Starlin Castro, SS4010011 .288
Welington Castillo, C4000032 .261
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000111 .188
Junior Lake, CF4110012 .241
Chris Coghlan, LF2000100 .200
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   Darwin Barney, 2B0000000 .115
Edwin Jackson, P2000012 .067
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Kalish, LF1000010 .255
Totals31141311  
a-walked for Valbuena in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (6)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (5)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (11, 2nd base off Noesi/Flowers), Junior Lake (4, 2nd base off Noesi/Flowers)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 7611090 4.57
James Russell 0.2000000 4.05
Neil Ramirez (L,0-1) 0.1211011 2.25
Pedro Strop 0.1333110 4.97
Carlos Villanueva 0.2000000 9.15
WP - Edwin Jackson 2 (2)
HBP - Viciedo (by Edwin Jackson)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 93-65, James Russell 8-5, Neil Ramirez 12-9, Pedro Strop 22-13, Carlos Villanueva 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-5, James Russell 2-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 26, James Russell 2, Neil Ramirez 3, Pedro Strop 5, Carlos Villanueva 2
Game Information
Attendance - 34305
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Meals