- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs wasted another strong performance from a starting pitcher.

Gordon Beckham’s tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning helped the Chicago White Sox beat the rival Cubs 5-1, spoiling starter Edwin Jackson’s performance.

“I would say this is probably the best game that I’ve thrown,” said Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, who ended up in a no-decision after going seven innings and giving up one run while striking out a season-high nine.

That wasn’t enough for the Cubs to avoid their third straight loss. Chicago also had Pedro Strop leave the game with assistant trainer Ed Halbur after delivering a pitch to Alejandro De Aza.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Alexei Ramirez’s run-scoring fielder’s choice, bringing in Beckham. But in the fifth, the Cubs tied the game on Emilio Bonifacio’s two-out single, driving in Junior Lake.

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.

“(Beckham) hit the ball all over the place and then that was a big home run for us tonight, said White Sox Manager Robin Ventura. “He’s been trying to find that since he came off the DL. It’s nice to see that out of him.”

The Cubs hoped to have a better performance against White Sox starter Hector Noesi, who was 0-10 with a 6.04 ERA during his past 14 starts.

“We had a chance possibly to work Noesi a little bit, but we did not do that, obviously,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “He actually threw better than what I saw in his last outing, commanded the zone a little bit better.”

Noesi went five innings and allowed one run while striking out six.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija’s nine-inning, three-hit outing Monday was on Jackson’s mind.

“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 teams start a two-game series Wednesday across town at U.S. Cellular Field.

Moises Sierra had a career-high four hits for the White Sox, starting in place of Adam Dunn who was scratched about 30 minutes before the first pitch because of a bruised right calf. Dunn did pinch-hit for reliever Zach Putnam in the eighth and grounded out to short.

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.

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