Cubs beat Braves, Arrieta gets 15th win

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Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch during the team’s 2-0 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th win, and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell homered to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak after winning nine straight and 15 of 16, with Arrieta (15-6) dominating on the mound and Rizzo and Russell supplying the power at the plate.

Rizzo’s three-run drive capped a four-run third inning that saw Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez get ejected.

Russell singled and scored in the third and added a solo homer in the fourth to make it 5-0. Chris Coghlan contributed an RBI single and a run-scoring triple and scored twice.

Arrieta improved to 9-1 in his past 12 starts. The right-hander gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.30.

 

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