Cubs make a statement with sweep of Sox

CHICAGO -- In a series that has been dominated by the Chicago White Sox since interleague play began 15 years ago, the Chicago Cubs are the team that emerges in 2013 with bragging rights.

Although one rainout on the South Side must be made up, the Cubs made a statement in this three-game stretch, outhustling the Sox and outscoring them 24-6.

"They pitched well, starting off with (Jeff) Samardzija who threw the ball great (Monday)," Paul Konerko said. "They put together a group of guys having good at-bats. Hey, they showed power, they hit some homers and there is no substitution for that because you can take one swing and score two or three runs. That is pretty much how we hit when we are on our game. We just haven't done that."

The Cubs have won a season-best four straight after losing six in a row. They believe that Johny Cueto's pitch over outfielder David DeJesus head on Sunday in Cincinnati helped wake up a listless ballclub.

"They are playing well," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Who knows what their best is? There is a long way to go. Things could get better for them."

The White Sox still lead the all-time series 49-44.