Thompson outperforms Cueto as Cubs beat White Sox 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Keegan Thompson insisted he had more luck than good. Either way, the Chicago Cubs will take what he gave them.

Thompson outshot Johnny Cueto in five solid innings on a spot start, Frank Schwindel drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Crosstown White Sox 5-1 on Saturday night.

Thompson (5-0) tied his longest outing of the season, giving up one run and five hits to the guaranteed rate fielder. The right-hander struck out four and scored one in his third start and 11th appearance.

Thompson felt he was in the strike zone and got away with throws that could have been hit hard. One time he didn’t was when Jake Burger homered.

“I felt like I was all over the place and not really hitting a ton of spots,” Thompson said. “I just got very lucky and missed every barrel.”

Cubs manager David Ross said Thompson would need a few days off after throwing a season-high 77 pitches. But with 10 games over the next eight days, he could be in line for another start during a busy period.

Schwindel capped a two-run first and two-run seventh with two-out RBI singles. His right shot in the seventh made it 5-1 and chased Cueto (0-1).

Patrick Wisdom also drove in two. Nico Hoerner had three hits and scored a run. The Cubs were aggressive at the plate and on the bases, and they emerged victorious after giving up their highest run total in 23 years in a 20-5 loss at Cincinnati two days earlier.

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