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|White Sox Beat Cubs in Wood Finale
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Gordon Beckham hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning Friday and the Chicago White Sox overcame the loss of star Paul Konerko to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in what was likely Kerry Wood's final major league game.
Beckham's solo shot and a two-run blast from Konerko in the first were the only runs allowed by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (4-2). Konerko suffered a laceration above his left eye and swelling when he was hit Samardizja pitch in the third inning and had to leave the game.
Wood, who began his major league career with the Cubs in 1998 and struck out 20 Houston Astros batters in his fifth major league start, took the mound in the eighth inning. He struck out Dayan Viciedo and made a curtain call to wave to cheering fans after facing just one batter.
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