On a wild day at Wrigley Field when Kerry Wood retired, Paul Konerko got hit in the face with a pitch and manager Dale Sveum was ejected, the Chicago White Sox added to their recent success against the Cubs.
Gordon Beckham hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-2, Friday, their 16th win in the last 22 interleague games against their crosstown rivals.
"I think that was more than the typical game. It seemed like there was a lot of stuff going on," Beckham said.
Beckham's solo shot and a two-run drive by Konerko in the first were the only runs allowed by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (4-2).
Konerko sustained a laceration above his left eye and swelling when he was hit by Samardzija's pitch in the third inning and had to leave the game. He was to have more tests to determine the extent of the injury and his status for the remainder of the series.
Wood, meanwhile, left the game after one final, emotional appearance with the Cubs. Fittingly, "Kid K" struck out the last batter he'll ever face and retired at the age of 34, ending a career that was eye-popping at times but hampered by injuries.
"I had a blast. I wouldn't trade it in, I learned from the injuries, I learned about my body and what it takes to compete and go out and play every day," Wood said.
"Mentally and physically we get to this point. Every player gets to this point where we don't all get to choose when, we don't all get to have a say in it. But I was fortunate enough to play this game a long time in a great city in front of the best fans in baseball. It was time."
Wood struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the last one a swing and a miss, in the eighth inning before he was replaced as bench coach Jamie Quirk came to take him out after Sveum had been ejected earlier. His teammates joined him on the mound to congratulate him and he left to a rousing ovation. Even White Sox slugger Adam Dunn doffed his batting helmet and clapped.