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CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham hit a go-ahead home run for the second straight night while Paul Konerko doubled in three runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 in Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Beckham, just two weeks off the disabled list, clubbed a three-run home run off Cubs left-hander Travis Wood with two out in the fourth while Konerko, 2-for-3 as designated hitter, doubled in three more runs in the fifth.

On Tuesday, Beckham hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead on the way to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Right-hander John Danks (3-2) collected the win Wednesday as the White Sox claimed their third straight this week over the Cubs. Wood (2-4) worked just four innings in the loss.

First baseman Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Konerko finished with three RBIs and scored a run.

Danks pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked just one. Danks and right-handed relievers Jake Petricka and Maikel Cleto limited the Cubs to four hits.

The White Sox opened a 1-0 lead in the first inning when shortstop Alexei Ramirez's two-out single to center scored first baseman Jose Abreu.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro walked to lead off the second inning, and he scored the tying run with two outs on third baseman Luis Valbuena's double to deep left.

Wood was struck in the left thigh by a broken bat as White Sox third baseman Marcus Semien singled and reached second on an error with one out in the fourth. Wood was unhurt and continued to pitch.

One out later, Beckham slammed his second homer of the season to left, driving home right fielder Moises Sierra and catcher Adrian Nieto for a 4-1 White Sox lead.

Cubs designated hitter Mike Olt got one back in the fifth, leading off with a solo home run to left off Danks to cut the White Sox's lead to 4-2.

Later in the inning, the Cubs had runners on first and second for center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who lined a one-out double down the third base line to score second baseman Darwin Barney, trimming the deficit to 4-3.

The White Sox replied with three runs in the fifth. They loaded the bases with no outs for Konerko, who lined a three-run double to the left field corner for a 7-3 lead.

That was it for Wood. Right-hander Brian Schlitter entered and gave up a one-out single to Semien, scoring Konerko to make it 8-3.

Wood worked four-plus innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. He walked five and struck out three in his worst outing of the season.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected for the third time this season after arguing with plate umpire Tom Woodring during the pitching change.

NOTES: The Cubs placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list due to a left groin strain and called up LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. ... Cubs LHP Travis Wood made his 100th of career start. Before getting hit hard Wednesday, he was 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 10 previous interleague starts for the Cubs. ... The Cubs send RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA) against White Sox RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68 ERA) in Thursday's series finale. ... The White Sox activated 3B Conor Gillaspie from the 15-day disabled list after he completed a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. They optioned OF Jordan Danks to Charlotte. ... Interleague play continues for the White Sox when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit for a three-game weekend series. ... The four-hit games Tuesday by 2B Gordon Beckham and OF Moises Sierra marked the second time White Sox teammates had four-hit efforts against the Cubs. A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios had four apiece in a 2010 game.
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