CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
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