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7/20 Extra bases

* Jake Arrieta is 5-1 with a 1.95 ERA (17 ER/78 1/3 IP) in 13 starts since making his season debut on May 3. Since the start of May, Arrieta has the third-best ERA in all of baseball behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (1.81) and the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (1.88).

* Welington Castillo hit his seventh homer of the season Saturday, one shy of the career-high eight he hit in 113 games last season. Anthony Rizzo’s 22 home runs are one shy of his career mark 23, done last year. Speaking of Castillo, he has thrown out six of the last 12 baserunners attempting to steal on him dating to June 23 (spanning his last 15 games).

* Darwin Barney last night was 2-for-4 with a triple and is batting .385 (15-for-39) with a .923 OPS in 10 July games.

7/6 Cubs lineup

With a win Sunday, the Cubs could win their fourth-straight road series after going winless in 15-straight road series into this current run. They last won four road series in a row during a five-series run, Sept. 10-Oct. 3, 2010.

The Cubs are 25-20 in their last 45 games starting May 17, tied with the Nationals for the fourth-best winning percentage (.556) in the National League in that span. Only the Pirates (28-18), Dodgers (27-20) and Braves (27-20) have posted better records in the NL in the last seven weeks.

The Cubs have won seven of their last nine road games dating to June 15, including wins in five of their last six road contests.

Jake Arrieta gets the start Sunday. Here’s the lineup:

Sweeney LF
Ruggiano CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Baker C
Barney 2B
Arrieta P

* RHP Blake Parker has joined the Cubs in Washington D.C. for Sunday’s game, which gives the bullpen a fresh arm.

7/6 Cubs vs. Reds

Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs in the series finale vs. the Nationals Sunday in Washington D.C., while Jeff Samardzija makes his first start for the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming series vs. the Reds in Cincinnati that begins Monday.

Monday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-8, 4.99) vs. RHP Mike Leake (6-7, 3.47)
Tuesday (first game): LHP Travis Wood (7-6, 4.62) vs. TBD or Johnny Cueto (8-6, 1.99)
Tuesday (second game): LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD or Johnny Cueto (8-6, 1.99)
Wednesday: TBD vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (11-3, 2.78)
Thursday: TBD vs. RHP Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.15)

7/1 June review

* The Cubs went 15-13 in June after winning nine games in March/April, and 11 in May. It’s their first winning month since going 14-13 in July last year. The 15 wins are the most in one month since July 2012, when they were 15-10.

* Cubs pitchers compiled a 3.26 ERA, fourth best in the NL. The team last had a lower ERA in a calendar month in September/October 2010 (3.24).

* Starlin Castro drove in 21 runs in June, tied for fourth-most in the NL. He’s the fourth Cubs shortstop to reach 21 RBIs in June, joining Ernie Banks, Roy Smalley and Shawon Dunston.

* Jake Arrieta went 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in June, the lowest ERA for a Cubs pitcher with at least 35 innings in June since Rick Reuschel had a 0.92 ERA in June 1977.

6/30 Cubs 2, Red Sox 0

In his previous start, Jake Arrieta threw six perfect innings against the Reds. On Monday, Arrieta threw nearly eight no-hit innings against the Red Sox. He combined with two other pitchers on a two-hitter in a 2-0 Cubs win.

It was quite the night at Fenway Park.

* Cubs pitchers Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined to allow three base runners. It’s the fewest in a game since giving up two hits and one walk in a 2-0 victory on July 23, 2012, at Pittsburgh. It’s the fewest hits given up in a game this season and fewest since the Cardinals totaled two hits off the Cubs on Aug. 16, 2013.

* Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, his second straight start with a no-no through at least six innings. He is the first Cubs pitcher since at least 1974 to carry a no-hitter through six innings in back to back starts. The last big league pitcher to do so was Toronto’s Dave Stieb on June 24 and June 30, 1988.

* Arrieta’s 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball were the longest by a Cubs pitcher since Ted Lilly worked eight no-hit innings on June 13, 2010, against the White Sox.

* With Arrieta’s 10 strikeouts Monday, he now has recorded at least nine K’s in four straight starts. It matches the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since at least 1914. Kerry Wood did so from July 24-Aug. 11, 2003; and Rich HArden did so from July 12-31, 2008.

* Arrieta has given up two runs or less in six straight starts, and has a 0.92 ERA over that stretch. It’s the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher this season, and longest since Matt Garza also accomplished the feat in six straight from June 16-July 13, 2013.

* Who threw the last no-hitter against the Red Sox? It was Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio when he pitched for the Mariners.

6/30 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney will be the designated hitter tonight when the Cubs open their three-game Interleague series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney DH
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Lake CF
Barney 2B

Arrieta P

* Cubs designated hitters have batted .279 (144-for-517) with 24 home runs and 90 RBI in 130 games at AL ballparks. The 24 homers have been hit by 14 players, including a franchise-record six by Alfonso Soriano.

6/30 June numbers

Lowest ERA in National League in June:
3. Jake Arrieta 1.14 (4 ER/31 2/3 IP) in 5 starts

18. Travis Wood 3.19 ERA (11 ER/31 IP) in five starts

24. Jason Hammel 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31 1/3 IP) in five starts

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Highest ERA in NL in June:
3. Edwin Jackson 6.23 (18 ER/26 IP) in five starts

9. Jeff Samardzija 5.45 (20 ER/33 IP) in six starts

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Cubs batting averages in June:
Anthony Rizzo .307, 7 HR, 16 RBI
Starlin Castro .295, 4 HR, 21 RBI
Luis Valbuena .284, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Justin Ruggiano .237, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Chris Coghlan .231, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Darwin Barney .214, 0 HR, 4 RBI
Ryan Sweeney .204, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Junior Lake .200, 3 HR, 6 RBI
John Baker .189, 0 HR, 5 RBI
Nate Schierholtz .179, 1 HR, 11 RBI
Mike Olt .057, 1 HR, 1 RBI

6/25 About last night

On Tuesday, Jake Arrieta was perfect through six innings, then ran out of gas after having to run the bases in the bottom of the sixth. According to Elias, Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to throw at least six perfect innings at Wrigley Field since the Dodgers’ Odalis Perez did so April 26, 2002. Perez also was perfect through six. The last Cubs pitcher with at least six perfect innings at Wrigley was Jon Lieber, who was perfect for 6 2/3 innings Sept. 20, 1999, against the Cardinals.

* No Cubs pitcher has ever thrown a perfect game.

6/24 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs face the Reds in the second game of a three-game series. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
Arrieta P

* Jake Arrieta, has posted a 1.98 ERA (11 ER/50 IP) in nine starts since making his season debut, May 3. The 1.98 ERA in that stretch is third-best in the NL and fifth in the Majors. Arrieta began the season on the disabled list with right shoulder tightness.

He has gone at least six innings while giving up one or no runs in each of his last three starts since June 8. Arrieta is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (2 ER/24 2/3 IP) in four June starts, walking five and striking out 29.

* Tonight, the Cubs hope to snap an 0-for-18 skid with runners in scoring position dating to the fourth inning of Friday’s game vs. the Pirates. The most recent hit with RISP was Starlin Castro’s two-run homer in the third inning Friday.

6/8 Marlins 4, Cubs 3

The Cubs’ streak is over, but they leave Wrigley Field feeling pretty good about themselves. Garrett Jones hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth, and the go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch to lift the Marlins to a 4-3 win Sunday over the Cubs, snapping their winning streak at five games. Chicago was vying for its first six-game winning streak since May 26-June 1, 2008.

“The energy is at a pretty high level right now,” Cubs starter Jake Arrieta said. “It’s kind of a contagious thing. Once we get rolling and get a few in a row, it just kind of breeds confidence with everybody in the clubhouse. That’s kind of what we need moving forward to be able to carry over some of that momentum to the following day and the following series.

“Even though we lost this one today, I think we go to Pittsburgh on a high note based on how well we’ve played in all facets of the game,” Arrieta said. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch.”

* Arrieta gave up three hits over six scoreless innings, and was lifted after throwing 93 pitches. He struck out seven.

* Emilio Bonifacio had three hits, and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games at Wrigley Field.

* Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run triple in the sixth.

* Luis Valbuena has 14 doubles in 53 games after hitting 15 in 108 games last year.

* Justin Grimm made his team-leading 31st relief appearance of the season. He’s held opponents scoreless in 24 of them.

* Next up: Cubs travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.59) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (2-7, 3.31)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-5, 5.04) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (1-6, 4.54)
Wednesday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.53) vs. RHP Brandon Cumpton (1-2, 6.51)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-5, 2.54) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (3-5, 4.27)

– Carrie Muskat

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