ATLANTA (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched seven dominant innings, and Jorge Soler homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, on Sunday.
Arrieta (11-5) gave up three hits, three walks and struck out 10, throwing 73 of his 112 pitches for strikes. Over his last six starts, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA.READ MORE: 3 People Hospitalized After Ammonia Leak At Frozen Pizza Factory In Wheeling
It was the second straight impressive start for the Cubs, whose starting pitchers have a 1.29 ERA over their last 16 games. Jon Lester gave up just two hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings of a 4-0 win Saturday.
Shelby Miller (5-6) struck out eight and allowed four hits, four walks and three runs — one earned — in six innings for the Braves. Atlanta has lost seven of eight.
After James Russell walked Perez with two outs in the ninth, Jason Motte gave up Simmons’ RBI single, but he retired pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes on a groundout to earn his sixth save in as many chances.
Arrieta had to grind through a tough seventh, but after Eury Perez doubled with two outs and Andrelton Simmons walked, pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich struck out to end the threat.
The Braves seemed helpless to solve Arrieta, who allowed two walks and had both runners in scoring position in the first before escaping the jam with a strikeout of A.J. Pierzynski.
Pierzynski, who broke up Lester’s bid for a no-hitter Saturday with an eighth-inning single, doubled with two outs in the fourth for Atlanta’s first hit, but Arrieta struck out Pedro Ciriaco.
Cameron Maybin’s one-out single in the sixth was harmless, too, as Arrieta stranded him by striking out Kelly Johnson.
Arrieta, who set a career high for victories, became the first Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano in 2011 to win more than 10 games.
The Cubs went up 2-0 in the second. Chris Coghlan singled and moved to second when Starlin Castro reached on Jace Peterson’s throwing error. After a walk to David Ross loaded the bases, Jonathan Herrera hit a two-run single to center field.
Soler hit his fifth homer to make it 3-0 in the third. It was Soler’s first homer since May 29 against Kansas City.READ MORE: At Least 4 Taken To Hospital, 1 With Life-Threatening Injuries, After Crash On Edens Expressway At Lake Cook Road
Coghlan’s RBI double in the ninth put the Cubs ahead 4-0.
Pedro Strop pitched the eighth for Chicago, giving up a leadoff double to Peterson but stranding him at second.
The Braves cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
Cubs: 2B Addison Russell is not injured, but manager Joe Maddon gave him the day off to rest.
Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman recently had two cortisone shots to remove fluid and reduce pain in his right wrist. Freeman, who has missed 26 straight games, said he’s no longer in pain but still uncertain when he will return. Atlanta is 11-15 without Freeman in the lineup.
KEEP IT ROLLING
The Cubs, improving to 16-7 against the NL East this year, earned their first series victory at Turner Field since Aug. 12-14, 2011. They snapped an eight-game losing streak in Atlanta on Saturday.
Cubs: LHP Clayton Richard (1-0), filling a rotation spot while Jason Hammel recovers from a tight hamstring, is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in five career starts against Cincinnati.MORE NEWS: With Delta Variant Worries Mounting, COVID Testing Returns Alongside Vaccination At 2 New Chicago Area Sites
Braves: Rookie RHP Matt Wisler (3-1) will make his first career start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wisler has a 3.10 ERA in five starts.
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