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No matter what Mike Caruso does during the rest of the season, he can be secure in the knowledge he'll never again have to pay for a drink on the South Side.
Caruso's two-run, eighth-inning home run Sunday off Rick Aguilera gave the White Sox a 6-4 victory over the Cubs and a stunning sweep of the three-game series in Wrigley Field.
In a game delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours by a steady downpour, Caruso's first home run of '99 sent soggy Sox fans home singing. Not surprisingly, it was the biggest hit of his budding career. "Probably, playing against our rivals, the Chicago Cubs," Caruso said. "I don't hit home runs often, so to hit one that put us ahead on the board, it means a lot."
The Cubs lost their fourth straight, blowing their 15th save opportunity.
"People here are too quick to put the blame on perhaps bad play or just whatever the case may be," Aguilera said. "Give some credit to them. They played a great series."
Aguilera (3-2) has given up four home runs and 15 hits in only 8 2/3 innings as a Cub.
With the Cubs leading 4-2 in the seventh, Scott Sanders replaced Terry Mulholland and gave up run-scoring singles to Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee, before Caruso put the Sox ahead in the eighth. The Sox moved one game over .500, while the Cubs dropped to 32-27, including 5-7 in June.
"Go ahead and make (conclusions)," starter Kevin Tapani said. "For this weekend, they were better. I don't think you have to be a genius to figure it out. I guess it's a good thing for the bars because you can debate it all day. As far as head-to-head goes, right now it's 3-zip. It's a no-brainer. Who's going to win that argument taking the Cubs right now? We're 0-3."