Arrieta K’s 11 as Cubs Beat Marlins


MIAMI — The Chicago Cubs fulfilled their main goal Wednesday as Jake Arrieta struck out a career-high 11 in coasting to a 6-1 win at Miami.

With the win, the Cubs earned a 500 record on this 10-game trip. It also gave them two consecutive road series wins for the first time since taking two of three at Milwaukee and Seattle on June 25-30, 2013.

Arrieta had his 16-inning scoreless streak snapped when Giancarlo Stanton ripped his 20th home run to right center in the first inning, but Arrieta allowed only five hits and walked one in a 105-pitch effort.

Arrieta, who missed the first month of the season because of right shoulder stiffness, lowered his ERA to 1.98.

Starlin Castro hit his second RBI double to snap a 1-1 tie, and Nate Schierholtz capped a four-run rally with a three-run home run off Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Chris Coghlan, celebrating his 29th birthday, hit a double and scored on a double by Castro down the third base line.

Pedro  Strop and James Russell each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cubs will take Thursday off before opening a 10-game homestand Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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