Unlike past years at U.S. Cellular Field, there were no controversies, no fights and no suspensions. And, in the end, no brooms.
With the victory — witnessed by 32,311 — the Sox have won eight of the last 11 City Series games and lead the all-time series 49-41.
"These games don't really mean more than any games, but fans seem to think they do, so you come out a little more excited and try to play well," Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "At the end of the year, it's just one game in the standings, but you still want to win every game you can."
The Sox better hope they don't finish two games out of first place, or their fans will remind them of missed opportunities Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday was a different story as Gavin Floyd quieted critics with his fewest runs allowed since May 11 and only his second victory in his last seven tries.
"Gavin pitched a great game," manager Robin Ventura said. "Anytime a pitcher goes through a streak like he did, they're frustrated. It's a credit to him to wade through it and pitch like he did tonight."
Just a week ago, Wednesday's game had some intrigue with a matchup of possible All-Star pitchers Chris Sale and Ryan Dempster. But Dempster was placed on the disabled list, and Sale had his start pushed back two days to conserve arm strength.
Fans instead got to see Randy Wells, who was summoned from the Cubs bullpen, and Floyd, who was surprisingly good with 61/3 shutout innings.
He called it "nice for personal reasons and for the team," and he was right on both counts after his month-plus drought.
"It was frustrating, but God gave me a peace about it," Floyd said. "I knew that things were going to work out. Everybody believes in our pitching staff and me. I just believed in myself that things would turn around."
Wells lasted 32/3 innings, which is about what manager Dale Sveum expected. He left with a 3-0 deficit.
"The bottom line is walks with him again," Sveum said. "He can't seem to maintain innings without walking anybody."
The Sox scored twice in the third with the help of Wells, who walked the first two batters. They scored on back-to-back singles by Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.
The lead stretched to 3-0 in the fourth on singles by Alexei Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham.
Beckham was back with a three-run homer in the sixth off reliever Scott Maine. The four RBIs matched Beckham's career high.
The Sox added a run in the seventh against Casey Coleman, who survived a scary moment when Eduardo Escobar's broken bat hit him on the right hand. X-rays were negative on Coleman's knuckles.
The Sox finish interleague play with a weekend series against the Brewers, while the Cubs fly to Arizona — perhaps with renewed confidence from winning the series and knowing top prospect Anthony Rizzo isn't far off.
"You're always trying to win series," Sveum said. "If you keep winning series, you can gradually get back in this thing — in some kind of fashion anyway."