5/6 White Sox 5, Cubs 1
The Cubs began their Interleague series against the White Sox hoping to keep rookie sensation Jose Abreu in check but the guy they had trouble with Tuesday night was .167-hitting Gordon Beckham. Beckham matched a career high with four hits, including a tie-breaking solo home run with two outs in the eighth, to lift the White Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs and take a 2-0 lead in the intracity series.
The White Sox won, 3-1, in 12 innings on Monday, and the series now shifts to the south side of town for two games at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Cubs wasted a solid start by Edwin Jackson, who faced the minimum in the first three innings, and needed just six pitches to get through the third. He said he was inspired by Jeff Samardzija’s outing on Monday when the right-hander threw 126 pitches over nine innings.
In the fourth, Beckham singled to lead off and moved up on a wild pitch. One out later, Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch but forced at second on Alexei Ramirez’s fielder’s choice. Beckham scored on the play.
With one out in the Cubs’ fifth, Junior Lake singled and Chris Coghlan walked. After Jackson struck out trying to bunt, Emilio Bonifacio singled past an outstretched Beckham to drive in Lake and tie the game.
The White Sox created a cushion in the ninth as Tyler Flowers hit a RBI double and Jordan Danks added a two-run double off Pedro Strop, who had to leave after facing five batters. Strop will have an MRI on Wednesday. He has been bothered for the last five days by a sore left groin.
– Carrie Muskat