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The Cubs’ David DeJesus follows through his two-run single third inning. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

The Cubs’ David DeJesus follows through on his two-run single in the third inning. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 21, 2012 6:31AM

The Cubs have won only eight of their 25 one-run games this season, but No. 8 on Tuesday enabled them to clinch a series against their crosstown rivals.

The Cubs’ 2-1 triumph gave them their first series victory against the White Sox since 2008 and their first road-series victory of the season. It also was left-hander Travis Wood’s first victory as a member of the Cubs.

‘‘It was a well-played game, and to score more than one against [Sox right-hander Jake] Peavy is above his average,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, exaggerating Peavy’s 2.74 ERA.

‘‘Wood was great. I know in spring training he struggled. The pressure of being traded, especially for one of the best [setup] relievers in baseball [Sean Marshall], was there. But he seems more relaxed now.’’

Wood (1-3) worked six innings and allowed the Sox’ only run in the second, when he walked three. He caught a break when Alexei Ramirez’s drive to the right-field corner bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double. The hit scored Alex Rios from third but kept Dayan Viciedo from scoring from first.

Shawn Camp, James Russell, Manny Corpas and Carlos Marmol (fourth save) combined for three hitless inning to improve the bullpen’s ERA to 1.84 in the last five games.

The loss was the third in a row and sixth in the last seven games for the Sox, who fell a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

‘‘I don’t mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we’ve got to beat those teams,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘Please don’t take that out of context because the Cubs are a big-league team, and you’ve got to show up every night because any team can beat anybody. But teams that we feel we should beat that aren’t playing that well, we’ve got to take advantage of these opportunities. Detroit is coming, and we know Cleveland isn’t going anywhere.’’

The Cubs’ only runs came in the third. Geovany Soto reached on third baseman Orlando Hudson’s throwing error and Tony Campana on an infield single before both runners advanced on a wild pitch. David DeJesus then capped a nine-pitch at-bat against Peavy (6-3) with a two-run single.

‘‘We were able to get those two runs early, and who would have thought they would hold up?’’ DeJesus said.

Only 30,282 attended the game, marking a new low for the series. The crowd of 33,215 on Monday had been the previous low.

‘‘It’s one of those frustrating ones,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘Peavy deserved better. We had opportunities, but it just didn’t happen.’’

Peavy pitched his third complete game of the season, but it was his second complete-game loss. All three of his losses have been by one run.

Defense helped the Cubs, including a juggling catch by shortstop Starlin Castro, who backpedaled to grab Alejandro De Aza’s pop fly in short center in the fifth. The ball bounced out of Castro’s glove, but he snared it with his bare hand.

‘‘Unbelievable,’’ Castro said.

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