OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to get his first victory in over a month and the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Saturday.
Arrieta (13-5) was 0-3 in his previous five starts and 1-4 since ending a 20-decision winning streak on June 22. He struck out four and walked one on 108 pitches.
The NL Central-leading Cubs have won five straight and 16 of 22. They gave the A’s to their seventh loss in eight games.
Ben Zobrist’s two-out two-run single off former A’s teammate Sonny Gray broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third.
Gray (5-11) left after five innings with soreness in his right forearm. He allowed two runs on five hits.
Zobrist and Addison Russell had two hits each for the Cubs.