Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez lead Cubs over Blue Jays 7-4
CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup.
Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Victor Caratini went 3 for 3, and Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. each had an RBI single for Chicago.
Arrieta (13-8) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 25th save.
Ryan Goins had a two-run single and Kevin Pillar added an RBI double to highlight a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays. Miguel Montero, who began the season with the Cubs, went 2 for 4 with a run scored against his former team.
This is Toronto’s second visit to Wrigley Field and first since June 2005.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (6-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings to snap a three-game winning streak.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Steve Pearce’s two-out single that scored Justin Smoak, who doubled.
The Cubs answered with three runs in the second aided by Happ’s mental mistake. With runners on second and third and one out, Heyward hit a grounder wide of first base. Smoak easily fielded it, but Happ didn’t break to cover and Heyward beat him to the bag for a run-scoring single.
Baez followed with a bloop single to make it 2-1. One out later, Almora Jr. singled to score Heyward.
Chicago stretched the advantage to 5-1 in the fifth on Rizzo’s two-run single.
Toronto scored three runs in the eighth off Pedro Strop to trim the Cubs’ lead to one, but Baez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the inning provided insurance.
LESTER PLACED ON DL
The Cubs got an encouraging report on Jon Lester before placing the ace left-hander on the 10-day disabled list.
Lester was examined by team physician Dr. Stephen Gryzlo after he departed Chicago’s 13-10 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday in the second inning. He was diagnosed with tightness in his left lat and shoulder fatigue, but his shoulder and side were deemed structurally sound.
Blue Jays: Closer Roberto Osuna was sent back to the team hotel because of an illness. “He’s got a pretty good fever,” manager John Gibbons said.
Cubs: In addition to Lester, RHP Justin Grimm was placed on the 10-day DL with an infection in his right index finger. To fill the two roster spots, LHP Rob Zastryzny and RHP Felix Pena were recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs lefty Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) faces righty Nick Tepesch (1-1, 5.23) in the middle game of the series. Quintana has a 1.77 ERA in nine starts against Toronto.