#Cubs Arrieta nearly perfect vs Pirates

Jake Arrieta won his Major League-leading 21st game on Sunday night, giving up one hit over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 4-0 win over the Pirates. The right-hander had a perfect game over six innings. Gregory Polanco ended that with a leadoff single in the seventh.

*This was Arrieta’s 19th consecutive quality start, a franchise record. He is 15-1 with a 0.89 ERA in that stretch with 140 strikeouts.

*His 0.80 ERA in 14 starts since the All-Star break is the lowest mark in Major League history. Arrieta has given up nine earned runs over 101 1/3 innings in that span.

*Arrieta improved to 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in five starts against the Pirates this season, and is 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA in nine career starts.

*And, he topped off the win by hitting his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the second.

“He’s impressive,” Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “He’s from another planet. This guy, there’s no doubt in my mind, he’s the best right-handed pitcher in the game right now. He showed it. He keeps on showing everybody what he brings to the table every time he takes the mound.”

— Carrie Muskat


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What is it with Cubs games on TV in Brazil? We didn’t see a winner here until well after the All-Star break. Then last night, a storm popped up in the fourth inning and the lights went out! The power came back very early Monday, so I watched the part I missed by replaying the game on my computer on MLB.TV. Very good feeling regarding that play-in game after watching the Sunday contest.

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