Arrieta, Cubs eye series win over Marlins
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta has not allowed a run in his last two outings, a streak he tries to extend on Wednesday afternoon in the Chicago Cubs' finale of a three-game series with the Miami Marlins.
Arrieta has been solid in eight starts this season after beginning the campaign on the disabled list, going 2-1 with a 2.09 earned run average. He has yielded one run or fewer in five of his last six appearances, including the back-to-back scoreless performances.
The right-hander began his stretch with six frames of three-hit ball in a no- decision against Miami on June 8, fanning seven without a walk. He then beat Philadelphia on Friday, scattering two hits and a walk over seven frames with nine strikeouts.
"Great job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Arrieta. "It looked like his ball had a lot of life. He got us through seven innings. He did a really good job."
The 28-year-old Arrieta was facing the Marlins for the first time in that outing on June 8, two days after Miami hurler Nathan Eovaldi faced Chicago for the first time.
Like Arrieta, Eovaldi did not get a decision as he allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings to kick off a series in which the Cubs took two of three at home.
The 24-year-old righty toes the rubber today after picking up his third straight no-decision on Friday versus Pittsburgh, tagged for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi had given up just eight runs over his previous four starts and sits at 4-2 on the year with a 3.50 ERA.
The Marlins lost Monday's opener in 13 innings, but rebounded to take last night's encounter by a 6-5 margin on Garrett Jones' three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Rafael Furcal drove in two runs and Adeiny Hechavarria went 4-for-5 with a run scored for the Marlins, who had lost four of five.
Miami starter Anthony DeSclafani allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings, while Sam Dyson tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first win in the majors.
"I definitely wanted to give the bullpen a rest," DeSclafani said. "I always want to go out there and give the team a chance to win and throw up zeros. There is a little extra pressure. I was glad I was able to do that, get outs and get into the seventh inning."
Junior Lake hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who fell to 4-5 on their current 10-game road trip. Justin Ruggiano, Jeff Samardzija and Luis Valbuena each knocked in a run.
Samardzija gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits while striking out eight and walking three over six innings. Brian Schlitter took the loss after giving up Jones' homer in the seventh.
"He had to work hard the whole ballgame," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Samardzija.
06/18 08:30:19 ET