CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko is a spot starter and pinch hitter in his 18th and final major league season, and he is determined to succeed in his new role.
He looked very comfortable Wednesday night.
Konerko had a big three-run double and Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight game, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the sliding Chicago Cubs.
“It’s a good attack. I mean we feel like one through nine we can score runs at any moment,” Konerko said.
Jose Abreu collected three more hits as the White Sox roughed up Travis Wood on their way to their fourth straight win, extending their season-best streak. The rookie slugger doubled twice to run his major league-best total to 24 extra-base hits.
The White Sox also got a nice game from shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who singled in a run in the first and made a great over-the-shoulder catch to rob Welington Castillo of a hit in the ninth. Ramirez then threw to first to double off Starlin Castro for the second out.
“Just an awesome play,” said Beckham, who was standing near second when Ramirez grabbed the ball in short center field. “Just fun to watch.”
The last-place Cubs dropped their fourth consecutive game. Frustrated rookie manager Rick Renteria was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Tom Woodring after he pulled Wood (2-4) with no outs in the fifth.
Mike Olt hit his fifth homer for the Cubs, who have managed just five runs and 12 hits in the first three games of the city series against the White Sox. Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio each had a run-scoring double.
“I think we still have to put ourselves back in the situation where we continue to get better at grinding out at-bats,” Renteria said.