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Cubs lose 3-1 in 12 to White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 12:36 am •  Published: May 6, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Just as he has all season, Jeff Samardzija did all he could to pick up his first victory.

And, true to form, the Chicago Cubs failed to support him.

Samardzija pitched three-hit ball over nine innings and doubled and scored, only to watch as the White Sox scored twice in the 12th to beat the Cubs 3-1 Monday night.

Samardzija remained winless despite coming up big on the mound and delivering at the plate.

"I'm just going out and doing my job, trying to do my part to win a ballgame," he said. "I can't control things on the outside. It's not my job. Every fifth day is my job. That's what I'm going to continue to do. Regardless of the situation or where I'm at, I'll always go out and do my job on the fifth day."

Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run 12th, and Jose Quintana pitched one-hit ball over seven innings for the White Sox.

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.

"You couldn't ask for anything more from a starting pitcher than what he gave us," manager Rick Renteria said. "So it's a shame that we weren't able to get (the win) for him."

The winning rally started when Alexei Ramirez singled off Justin Grimm with two out 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.

Grimm (1-1) plunked pinch-hitter Paul Konerko on the left arm to load the bases and walked Alejandro De Aza to make it a two-run game.

In the bottom half, Matt Lindstrom walked Welington Castillo leading off before Nate Schierholtz bounced into a double play. He then gave up a single to Olt and struck out Luis Valbuena for his fifth save in eight chances.

Daniel Webb (3-0) struck out the lone batter he faced for the win.

Both teams got dominant starts, with Samardzija and Quintana each allowing one run on a chilly night with the wind blowing in.

The only hit off Quintana was a leadoff double in the sixth by Samardzija, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Junior Lake that tied it at 1.

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