Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez lead Cubs over Blue Jays 7-4

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta may never duplicate the second half he had two years ago in winning the NL Cy Young Award.

The Cubs don't care.

They'll take what the right-hander is giving them now.

Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and Chicago beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup.

Arrieta (13-8) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer and gone at least six innings in each of his seven starts since the All-Star break.

''Jake was outstanding,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Right now, maybe not as good as he was a couple of years ago, but he's pretty darn close.''

Despite going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015, Arrieta, 31, said recently that he believes his best pitching is still to come.

''That's the way I feel and I intend to back it up,'' he said.

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.

''It was a battle for him,'' manager John Gibbons said of Happ. ''He had to work in the early innings.''

After Toronto went up 1-0 in the first, 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 - his 20th - in the bottom of the inning provided insurance.

''It means a lot,'' Baez said of getting 20 homers. ''We to try to get there, to get 30.''

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.

''I think the big thing is just the overall performance was not there,'' Lester said. ''This is something that we tried to manage and get through. It just got to a point where you're doing a disservice to your team by going out there and not being able to perform.''

STILL FRIENDS

Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs following some comments critical of Arrieta holding on runners in early July.

''I knew it was going to be a challenge,'' Montero said. ''To be honest, I was nervous early in the game. I never felt like (that), not even in my debut in the big leagues.''

Perhaps the person least troubled by Montero's comments was Arrieta.

''I came up for my second at-bat and I asked him if he wanted to go out for a drink tonight, so we might do that,'' Arrieta said. ''He's one of my favorite guys. It's a little upsetting to see the way that it ended for him here, but it is what it is.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Closer Roberto Osuna was sent back to the team hotel because of an illness.

Cubs: In addition to Lester, RHP Justin Grimm was placed on the 10-day DL with an infection in his right index finger.

UP NEXT

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.

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CubsCHC64-57
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  • W: J. Arrieta (13-8)L: J. Happ (6-9)S: W. Davis (25)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista 3B50100012.214.323.394.717-0.5
J. Donaldson SS40000121.268.394.536.9300.0
J. Smoak 1B41200011.297.372.581.9533.5
S. Pearce LF41210012.268.339.467.8073.5
M. Montero C41200002.234.323.362.6853.0
K. Pillar CF41210012.249.300.401.7015.5
R. Goins 2B40120013.216.268.329.5972.5
D. Barney 2B20000000.219.266.291.5570.0
a- E. Carrera PH10000101.294.364.443.8071.0
R. Tepera P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Happ P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Loup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- K. Morales PH10000002.243.306.440.7460.0
T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Aoki RF10000000.266.314.372.6850.0
  • a-walked for Barney in the 7th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Loup in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF51210022.285.335.404.7383.0
K. Bryant 3B51100012.290.402.534.9362.5
A. Rizzo 1B40220010.270.388.518.9065.5
B. Zobrist LF31100102.224.315.361.6763.0
I. Happ 2B40000043.244.315.504.819-2.0
V. Caratini C31300100.268.318.415.7336.0
J. Heyward RF42110014.252.311.383.6953.5
J. Baez SS41231011.272.310.509.8188.5
J. Arrieta P30100013.151.167.245.4120.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Jay PH00000100.290.385.382.7681.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Strop in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Smoak (20), K. Pillar 2 (30)
  • RBI - S. Pearce (36), K. Pillar (30), R. Goins 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (18), K. Pillar (9), R. Goins 2 (25)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (26), B. Zobrist (13), V. Caratini (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (20)
  • RBI - A. Almora (26), A. Rizzo 2 (83), J. Heyward (40), J. Baez 3 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bautista (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rizzo (8)
  • CS - B. Zobrist
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, V. Caratini, I. Happ
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Happ (L, 6-9)5.09552803.901.35-2.0
A. Loup1.01000104.371.572.5
T. Mayza1.13221216.002.33-2.0
R. Tepera0.20000003.191.020.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Happ (L, 6-9)5.0
A. Loup1.0
T. Mayza1.1
R. Tepera0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (W, 13-8)6.16112603.631.2022.0
C. Edwards (H, 18)0.20000103.621.070.5
P. Strop1.04330003.021.11-4.0
W. Davis (S, 25)1.00000102.381.2010.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (W, 13-8)6.1
C. Edwards (H, 18)0.2
P. Strop1.0
W. Davis (S, 25)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Happ
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 103-63, A. Loup 13-11, T. Mayza 25-16, R. Tepera 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 3-3, T. Mayza 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, A. Loup 4, T. Mayza 7, R. Tepera 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 93-61, C. Edwards 10-7, P. Strop 18-13, W. Davis 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 3-9, C. Edwards 1-0, P. Strop 1-2, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 26, C. Edwards 2, P. Strop 7, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista 3B50100012.214.323.394.717-0.5
J. Donaldson SS40000121.268.394.536.9300.0
J. Smoak 1B41200011.297.372.581.9533.5
S. Pearce LF41210012.268.339.467.8073.5
M. Montero C41200002.234.323.362.6853.0
K. Pillar CF41210012.249.300.401.7015.5
R. Goins 2B40120013.216.268.329.5972.5
D. Barney 2B20000000.219.266.291.5570.0
a- E. Carrera PH10000101.294.364.443.8071.0
R. Tepera P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Happ P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Loup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Aoki RF10000000.266.314.372.6850.0
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  • a-walked for Barney in the 7th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Loup in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF51210022.285.335.404.7383.0
K. Bryant 3B51100012.290.402.534.9362.5
A. Rizzo 1B40220010.270.388.518.9065.5
B. Zobrist LF31100102.224.315.361.6763.0
I. Happ 2B40000043.244.315.504.819-2.0
V. Caratini C31300100.268.318.415.7336.0
J. Heyward RF42110014.252.311.383.6953.5
J. Baez SS41231011.272.310.509.8188.5
J. Arrieta P30100013.151.167.245.4120.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Jay PH00000100.290.385.382.7681.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total357137131117-----
  • a-walked for Strop in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Smoak (20), K. Pillar 2 (30)
  • RBI - S. Pearce (36), K. Pillar (30), R. Goins 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (18), K. Pillar (9), R. Goins 2 (25)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (26), B. Zobrist (13), V. Caratini (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (20)
  • RBI - A. Almora (26), A. Rizzo 2 (83), J. Heyward (40), J. Baez 3 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bautista (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rizzo (8)
  • CS - B. Zobrist
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, V. Caratini, I. Happ
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Happ (L, 6-9)5.09552803.901.35-2.0
A. Loup1.01000104.371.572.5
T. Mayza1.13221216.002.33-2.0
R. Tepera0.20000003.191.020.0
Total8.013773111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Happ (L, 6-9)5.0
A. Loup1.0
T. Mayza1.1
R. Tepera0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (W, 13-8)6.16112603.631.2022.0
C. Edwards (H, 18)0.20000103.621.070.5
P. Strop1.04330003.021.11-4.0
W. Davis (S, 25)1.00000102.381.2010.5
Total9.01044280---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (W, 13-8)6.1
C. Edwards (H, 18)0.2
P. Strop1.0
W. Davis (S, 25)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Happ
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 103-63, A. Loup 13-11, T. Mayza 25-16, R. Tepera 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 3-3, T. Mayza 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, A. Loup 4, T. Mayza 7, R. Tepera 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 93-61, C. Edwards 10-7, P. Strop 18-13, W. Davis 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 3-9, C. Edwards 1-0, P. Strop 1-2, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 26, C. Edwards 2, P. Strop 7, W. Davis 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Baez homered to left, Heyward scored47
    Goins singled to right, Montero and Pillar scored45
    Pillar doubled to deep left, Pearce scored, Montero to third25
  • 5TH INNING
    Rizzo singled to shallow left center, Almora and Bryant scored15
  • 2ND INNING
    Almora singled to shallow right center, Heyward scored, Baez out at home13
    Baez singled to right, Caratini scored, Heyward to second12
    Heyward reached on an infield single to first, Zobrist scored, Caratini to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Pearce singled to right, Smoak scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • N. Aoki: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Aoki grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop relieved Carl Edwards
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Donaldson flied out to right
    • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce singled to right
    • M. Montero: Montero singled to center, Pearce to second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar doubled to deep left, Pearce scored, Montero to third
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins singled to right, Montero and Pillar scored
    • E. Carrera: Carrera flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mayza Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Caratini singled to center
    • J. Heyward: Heyward reached on fielder's choice to first, Caratini out at second
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez homered to left, Heyward scored
    • Jon Jay hit for Pedro Strop
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
    • Norichika Aoki in right
    • Ryan Tepera pitching
    • A. Almora: Almora flied out to deep center
    • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar doubled to shallow left
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins grounded out to second, Pillar to third
    • Ezequiel Carrera hit for Darwin Barney
    • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carrera walked
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Aaron Loup
    • Carl Edwards relieved Jake Arrieta
    • K. Morales: Morales reached on fielder's choice to first, Pillar out at home, Carrera to third
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Mayza pitching
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist doubled to left
    • I. Happ: Foul, Foul, Ball, Zobrist caught stealing, catcher to third, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
    • S. Pearce: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
    • M. Montero: Ball, Ball, Foul, Montero popped out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Aaron Loup relieved J.A. Happ
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez popped out to second
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Arrieta singled to left
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bryant lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Barney popped out to first
    • J. Happ: Happ popped out to second
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Almora singled to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bryant doubled to left, Almora to third
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo singled to shallow left center, Almora and Bryant scored
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Zobrist lined out to right
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Rizzo stole second, Ball, Caratini intentionally walked
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak singled to center
    • S. Pearce: Pearce popped out to second
    • M. Montero: Ball, Foul, Montero singled to shallow right, Smoak to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to shallow center
    • R. Goins: Foul, Goins flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Caratini singled to left center
    • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to first, Caratini to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
    • J. Arrieta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arrieta struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • J. Bautista: Bautista reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista caught stealing, catcher to second to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Rizzo singled to left center
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist lined out to center
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • D. Barney: Barney lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • I. Happ: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Caratini doubled to deep right, Zobrist to third
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Heyward reached on an infield single to first, Zobrist scored, Caratini to third
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez singled to right, Caratini scored, Heyward to second
    • J. Arrieta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arrieta flied out to deep right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora singled to shallow right center, Heyward scored, Baez out at home
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista fouled out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson flied out to center
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Smoak doubled to deep right
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce singled to right, Smoak scored
    • M. Montero: Ball, Montero grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Almora struck out on foul tip
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)