DeJesus, Cubs down White Sox, 2-1
Cubs take series from crosstown rival
Jake Peavy went the distance for the White Sox, but it wasn't enough as the crosstown rival Cubs capitalized on a strong start by Travis Wood to earn a 2-1, series-clinching victory at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night.
The White Sox (35-33) went ahead 1-0 in the second after Alexei Ramirez delivered a one-out ground-rule double to right to plate Alex Rios. Rios was the recipient of consecutive walks issued by Wood.
The Cubs (24-44) responded and took the lead for good in the top of the third.
Geovany Soto reached via an Orlando Hudson error and Tony Campana followed with an infield single. After the duo moved to second and third on a wild pitch, David DeJesus came through with a two-run single that gave Wood and the Cubs' hurlers all the run support they needed.
After Wood struggled with his command early, he surrendered just two hits and one walk over the ensuing four frames en route to improving to 1-3.
Shawn Camp came on in relief and sat the White Sox down in order in the seventh. James Russell was inserted in the eighth, but after retiring the first hitter he faced, walked Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn to put the the tying run in scoring position. Manny Corpas was called on to put out the fire and did so by getting Konerko to fly out and Rios to ground out.
The Cubs looked to add some insurance in the ninth, as DeJesus led off with a triple off Peavy. However, he was stranded and Carlos Marmol recorded his fourth save.
DeJesus and Campana each had two hits to produce all but one of their team's hits.
Peavy, who fell to 6-3, took the loss despite turning in a complete game effort and allowing one earned run on five hits.
Thomas "Bubba" Rosenbaum