CHICAGO — Marcus Semien simply tried to stay calm and collect himself as he stepped to the plate with the Chicago White Sox threatening to take the lead.
Then, he delivered.
Semien hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run 12th inning, Jose Quintana pitched one-hit ball over seven innings and the White Sox beat the Cubs 3-1 on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
Quintana and five relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the White Sox came away with the win after dropping four straight and six of seven to their crosstown rivals.
The Cubs lost even though Jeff Samardzija pitched three-hit ball over nine innings. He remained winless despite coming up big on the mound and delivering at the plate, coming through with the lone hit off Quintana and scoring the Cubs’ lone run.
The winning rally started when Alexei Ramirez singled off Justin Grimm with two outs and stole second. Tyler Flowers walked, and Semien lined a 1-1 pitch over third baseman Mike Olt’s head to make it 2-1.