Garza makes statement in win over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Trade rumors might keep swirling but Matt Garza says there's no place he'd rather be than with the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs right-hander (5-1) won his fourth straight decision and gave up just one earned run in an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

"If (a trade) happens, my phone will ring and that'll be it, but it hasn't and I'm happy to be a Cub," said Garza, who added that he's also been in contract extension talks. "I've voiced my opinion on how I love it here, my family loves it here.

"I don't know which route they're going to go, and I'm just going to keep doing my part and be ready for every five days."

Luis Valbuena broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run eighth inning double to lead the Cubs to victory and a season sweep of the White Sox.

Valbuena, a late substitute at designated hitter, broke a 2-2 tie with his two-base hit off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton that scored Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro for a 4-2 lead.

The Cubs wrapped up a four-game sweep with Monday's decision, a makeup of a May 28 rainout that started 29 minutes late after a pregame downpour at U.S. Cellular Field.

The season sweep was the first by either team since the series moved to a home-and-home format in 1999.

Dave Sappelt's two-out eighth inning single off right-hander Nate Jones brought Valbuena home for a 5-2 lead. Cody Ransom drove in two more runs when his single off Jones scored Sappelt and Julio Borbon.

The Cubs added another run in the ninth when Sappelt singled home Soriano.

Thorton (0-3) took the loss after working one-third of an inning. He gave up three earned runs on two hits and walked one.

Sappelt collected a career-high four hits, Valbuena was 1-for-3 with three RBIs while Soriano reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a home run in the sixth that gave the Cubs a temporary 2-1 lead.

"It's been the Sori show the last 10 games or so," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

The White Sox replied in the bottom of the inning to tie the game when Gordon Beckham stole home as part of a double steal with Alex Rios and two out.

Garza lost a 2-1 lead when he failed to work out of a sixth-inning jam. Beckham reached on an infield single with one out, advance to second on a Darwin Barney throwing error and reached third on Rios' single to third.

Garza worked seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He struck out six and walked none. He now has a 0.97 ERA over his last four appearances.

"He was outstanding again," Sveum said. "One earned run, a first-pitch fastball for a home run. Other than that he was outstanding. I think he'd probably tell you he didn't have the great fastball command, but he did have the velocity."

White Sox starter Hector Santiago was pulled with one out in the sixth after giving up two earned runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two while throwing 101 pitches.

"Hector pitched fine." White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's one of those where in the sixth he gives up a homer to Soriano, after that you fight back and get the run and in the eighth it gets away."

The White Sox resume a nine-game road trip with a three games in Detroit starting Tuesday. The Cubs are back at Wrigley Field Tuesday night for the first in a two-game inter-league series with the Angels.

NOTES: The Cubs recalled LHP Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa on Monday for his second stint this season in Chicago. He did not make an appearance during a June 12-13 recall. Raley made his big-league debut in August 2012 and went 1-2 in five starts. ... With players like Garza potentially on the trading block, Sveum said he tells his players not to dwell on talk of trades and roster changes. "Take care of yourself, that's all you have to worry about," he said. ... Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson is the only player on either roster to play for both teams. Jackson spent part of 2010-11 with the White Sox. ... Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic, a suburban Oak Lawn, Ill., native, went to high school at De La Salle Institute, one-half mile east of U.S. Cellular Field. ... Josh Phegley made his home debut with a start in his third game since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte. A Terre Haute, Ind., native, Phegley said he'll expect big support from family back home. "They'll be coming up every other game in waves," he said. ... Beckham came into the game hitting .345 with nine RBIs and 12 runs since returning from the disabled list on June 3. He is 20-for-28 (.417) in his last seven games.
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