Jake Arrieta threw seven shutout innings, and Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs to lead the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in Chicago.
Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win with the Cubs. The hard-throwing right-hander was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a July 2 trade.
Before Friday, his only other day on the Cubs’ roster was as the 26th man for a doubleheader against Milwaukee on July 30.
The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with the win, and are 7-7 this season against the Cardinals. St. Louis has dropped six of nine
The Cubs had been shut out in four of their past five home games – a streak dating back to Aug. 3.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (7-8) walked the first three batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning.
Schierholtz, the cleanup hitter, hit a two-run single to center to put the Cubs. After Welington Castillo grounded into a double play, Donnie Murphy followed with a run-scoring single to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Arrieta sailed through the Cardinals lineup. After allowing a single to Carlos Beltran in the second, he got Kolten Wong to ground into a double play in his major league debut.
Those two outs started a streak of 13 straight outs (including five strikeouts) until he walked Westbrook with one in the sixth.
The next batter, Matt Carpenter, also walked to give the Cardinals their first threat of the game, but Jon Jay grounded into a fielder’s choice and Matt Holiday struck out looking to end the inning.
The Cubs added a run in the fifth on Schierholtz’s sacrifice fly, and then scored two more in the sixth on a run-scoring
double by Darwin
Barney and a safety squeeze bunt by Arrieta.
White Sox 5, Twins 2: Adam Dunn hit his 28th home run, and Jose Quintana tossed six sharp innings to lead the White Sox to a win in Minneapolis.
Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.
Jeff Keppinger also homered to help Chicago snap its season-worst 10-game road losing streak.
Joe Mauer homered in the first for Minnesota, but Keppinger and Dunn both hit solo shots off Twins starter Kevin Correia (8-9) in the third to make it 4-1. Quintana
Minnesota’s lineup the rest of the way after losing his previous start against the Twins on Sunday in Chicago.
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth, and Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.