Chicago at Miami

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Chicago (30-40) «1000040106131
Miami (36-35)100000000150

Cubs 6, Marlins 1

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MIAMI -- Jake Arrieta made it look easy, then made it sound easy.

The Chicago Cubs right-hander had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday.

Arrieta (3-1) lowered his ERA to 1.98, and he has 55 strikeouts in 50 innings.

"I'm not doing anything different," he said. "I'm just commanding everything down in the strike zone and trying to force early contact. Strikeouts are just a byproduct of throwing several plus pitches for strikes."

Arrieta has become one of the few bright spots for the last-place Cubs, although they have been playing better lately. By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, they won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013.

Chicago went 5-5 on a three-city swing.

"We had a nice trip," manager Rick Renteria said. "That's big. We're playing some consistent baseball."

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 20th homer in the first but left the game after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton said the injury wasn't serious, and he expected to be back in the lineup Thursday against the New York Mets.

But his wrist was swollen and bothered him more as the game progressed.

"It was getting tighter and tighter," he said. "On swings and misses, it hurts a lot."

Stanton hasn't missed a game this season, and he leads the NL in homers and RBIs with 57. That's why manager Mike Redmond took no chances with the injury.

"We need this guy for the long haul," Redmond said. "He wanted to stay in, but I'm thinking about tomorrow and the next day."

Stanton was hurt when he hit the wall in the first inning chasing a flyball.

Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer for the Cubs. Starlin Castro had two RBI doubles and single batting cleanup.

"I like batting fourth because there are usually runners on base," Castro said. "I just like that they put me in a spot and leave me there. If they keep moving me around, it breaks my concentration."

Arrieta allowed five hits and one walk. He also doubled for his first career extra-base hit, but Renteria was more impressed with his pitching.

Arrieta has 27 strikeouts in 20 innings over his past three starts.

"I think he is commanding his fastball better, and his breaking ball is starting to get some bite and location," Renteria said. "He's got great stuff, and he's very composed."

The Marlins agreed.

"He was using his cutter in good spots and staying on the corners," Stanton said. "He did a good job."

Schierholtz was in a 3-for-26 slump before he hit his third homer off Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) in the Cubs' four-run sixth. Eovaldi, back from paternity leave after joining his wife in Texas for the birth of their first child Monday, declined to blame any distractions for his performance.

"You've got to be able to come back and perform," he said. "If anything, I was excited to get back to the guys and play."

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Arrieta
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 11
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Valbuena, 3B5000002 .284
Chris Coghlan, LF3110000 .200
   a-Justin Ruggiano, PH-LF2000021 .247
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5130002 .278
Starlin Castro, SS5232012 .291
Ryan Sweeney, CF4120002 .200
   Junior Lake, CF0000000 .236
Nate Schierholtz, RF4113003 .212
John Baker, C4010011 .163
Darwin Barney, 2B4011001 .194
Jake Arrieta, P2010010 .200
   b-Mike Olt, PH1000002 .152
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
Totals39613605  
a-struck out for Coghlan in the 7th
b-grounded out for Arrieta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (3, Eovaldi), Anthony Rizzo (10, Eovaldi), Starlin Castro 2 (22, Eovaldi), Jake Arrieta (1, Eovaldi)
HR - Nate Schierholtz (3, Eovaldi)
SH - Jake Arrieta (2)
RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (40), Nate Schierholtz 3 (24), Darwin Barney (14)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (12), Darwin Barney (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo
E - Jake Arrieta (1, Throwing)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Arrieta (W,3-1) 75111111 1.98
Pedro Strop 1000120 3.74
James Russell 1000010 2.33
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 105-70, Pedro Strop 19-10, James Russell 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 7-3
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 27, Pedro Strop 4, James Russell 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, 2B3000120 .200
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4020001 .276
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3111012 .299
   Reed Johnson, LF1000011 .270
Casey McGehee, 3B4010022 .310
Garrett Jones, 1B3000111 .264
Marcell Ozuna, LF-RF4000022 .265
Jacob Marisnick, CF4010021 .357
Jeff Mathis, C3000013 .203
Nathan Eovaldi, P2000022 .071
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   a-Justin Bour, PH1000000 .313
   Jacob Turner, P0000000 .250
Totals32151214  
a-grounded out for Jennings in the 7th
Batting
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (20, Arrieta)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (57)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (20)
SB - Adeiny Hechavarria (4, 2nd base off Arrieta/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nathan Eovaldi (L,4-3) 6955021 3.76
Dan Jennings 1000010 0.86
Jacob Turner 2411020 6.35
Pitches-Strikes - Nathan Eovaldi 90-63, Dan Jennings 12-8, Jacob Turner 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nathan Eovaldi 6-10, Dan Jennings 1-1, Jacob Turner 2-2
Batters Faced - Nathan Eovaldi 27, Dan Jennings 3, Jacob Turner 10
Game Information
Attendance - 27032
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Marcus Pattillo, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jeff Nelson