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Noesi proving others wrong

Sox pitcher burns former club; Arrieta outing wasted

Hector Noesi thinks he is a better pitcher than he was when he struggled at the start of the season. One of his former teams got a closer look at his improvement on Sunday in Chicago.

Noesi pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first win in a month, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Noesi (3-6) struck out five and walked two in 6 2/3 innings, bouncing back from a shaky outing against the Los Angeles Angels.

Chicago finished with just two hits after it had four in Saturday's 3-2 loss in 14 innings. But Conor Gillaspie scored on a wild pitch in the first, and Noesi combined with two relievers on a five-hitter.

Nationals 2, Cubs 1: Jake Arrieta appears to be maturing into the kind of pitcher the Chicago Cubs hope can solidify their rotation weakened by the trade of starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Though the Cubs lost 2-1 to the Nationals in Washington D.C. on Sunday, Arrieta followed up two sensational outings with a gritty effort for a suddenly short-handed staff. He allowed one run in six innings of a no-decision.

He has pitched to a 0.92 ERA in June and took no-hitters through the sixth inning of his previous two starts. Arrieta lowered his ERA to 1.78, while striking out five and allowing four hits and three walks in his first outing in July.

Marlins 8, Cardinals 4: Henderson Alvarez worked seven stingy innings and started the key rally with the first of his career-best three hits, helping Miami to a win St. Louis.

Casey McGehee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the first. Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's three-run homer off Jason Motte put Miami up 8-1 in the eighth.

The first two games of the series were decided by one run.

The Marlins have won a franchise-record 10 straight games started by Alvarez (6-3),

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