How it happened: Gordon Beckham tied a career high with four hits, none bigger than his go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. It is the fifth time Beckham has recorded four hits in a game. He entered with seven hits in his first 11 games since coming off the disabled list. Outfielder Moises Sierra, who was claimed off waivers this past weekend, also had four hits as a substitute for late scratch Adam Dunn (calf). Hector Noesi, in his second fill-in start, gave five solid innings, giving up one run and four hits with six strikeouts while throwing 81 pitches.
What it means: Despite the patchwork pitching staff, the White Sox have been getting solid performances of late, and Tuesday's was just the latest. Though the past two impressive pitching performances have come against the offense-challenged Cubs, the White Sox have significantly cut down on walks. Scott Carroll gave up one Saturday to the Cleveland Indians, Jose Quintana gave up three Monday and Noesi had only one Tuesday.
Outside the box: When Noesi was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 25, the idea was to keep him in a relief role, with the chance that he could one day return to being a starter as he had been for most of his minor league career. The White Sox thought they saw multiple delivery adjustments they could make on the right-hander. Now, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get another starting chance this weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks, though Tommy Hanson did pitch six scoreless innings at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, while throwing 94 pitches.
Off beat: The White Sox might have dropped all four games against the Cubs last season, but something about interleague play has always agreed with them. On Tuesday they recorded their 174th interleague victory, and their 173-134 record before the day began was the fourth-best in interleague play all time. It hasn't been so smooth of late, though, as the White Sox are only 20-23 against National League foes since 2012 (10-14 on the road).
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-2, 5.00 ERA) to the mound Wednesday as the crosstown series shifts to the South Side. The Cubs will counter with left-hander Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.