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Great Scott! Epic Jake-start W streak ends

May 31, 2016

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta didn't lose on Tuesday night, but the Cubs did, ending a streak of 23 wins when the right-hander started. After Scott Kazmir more than held his own in a duel with Chicago's ace, Adrian Gonzalez smacked an RBI single off Clayton Richard in the eighth inning

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta didn't lose on Tuesday night, but the Cubs did, ending a streak of 23 wins when the right-hander started. After Scott Kazmir more than held his own in a duel with Chicago's ace, Adrian Gonzalez smacked an RBI single off Clayton Richard in the eighth inning and Corey Seager hit a three-run homer in the ninth to lift the Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field and even the series.
"We did it to them last night, and they came out and shut us down tonight," Arrieta said of the Dodgers, who were held to one hit on Monday in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs. "You play this game long enough, you're going to lose a game here and there. It was a good streak, and we'll get started on something else."
Arrieta did not get a decision, throwing seven scoreless innings in his first meeting with the Dodgers since he no-hit them last Aug. 30. Gonzalez ended any potential repeat no-no drama when he singled with two outs in the first. The reigning National League Cy Young winner did lower his ERA to 1.56, and he has an 0.64 ERA in 10 starts at home.
With Arrieta out of the game, the Dodgers attacked. Chase Utley singled to open the Dodgers' eighth against Richard and advanced on Seager's single. Gonzalez then lined a single to left for a 1-0 lead. Howie Kendrick added a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Seager connected off Trevor Cahill in the ninth.
"That was a fun inning," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the eighth. "You grind out at-bats and get into their 'pen, and [Utley] leads off with a six- [or] seven-pitch at-bat for a base hit, then [Seager's] base hit, then Adrian, and it broke through for us. I said last night, our guys are going to turn the page on [Monday's loss], and I think we've turned a corner."
It's the first time the Cubs have lost a game that Arrieta started since last July 25, when the Phillies' Cole Hamels no-hit Chicago at Wrigley Field. With the loss, the Cubs fell one win short of setting a Major League record for consecutive wins, set by Atlanta's Kris Medlen (2010-12).
"Jake was really good and had really good command," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's unfortunate we couldn't get a run. It took a no-hitter and a one-hitter to beat Jake."
Payback: The Cubs held the Dodgers to one hit on Monday, and Los Angeles returned the favor on Tuesday as Kazmir combined with two other pitchers on a one-hitter. Kazmir held his own against Arrieta, giving up one hit (Dexter Fowler's single in the third) over six innings while striking out seven. Joe Blanton threw two perfect innings in relief, and Adam Liberatore pitched the ninth to close out the win.
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"I love it," Roberts said. "That's the great thing about baseball. That's why you play nine innings, 162 games, because you never know what's going to happen. You have to go out there and lay it on the line, and that's what our guys did. To beat them on a day Arrieta starts is a huge lift for us."
"He's a pretty high-quality pitcher," Arrieta said of Kazmir. "His numbers don't indicate what he's capable of. He came out ready to go and pitched a [heck] of a game."

Pederson's quite the catch:Anthony Rizzo hit a sinking liner to center off Kazmir with one out in the fourth that looked like it could fall in for the Cubs' second hit. It didn't happen that way thanks to center fielder Joc Pederson, who raced in to make a diving catch for the second out. Pederson made another nice catch to get Kazmir the second out of the sixth, chasing down a long fly ball hit by Fowler at the wall in deep center.

Key moment: With two outs in the Dodgers' seventh, Arrieta walked the bases loaded, giving free passes to Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Carl Crawford. Crawford's walk came on four straight pitches. But Arrieta escaped by striking out pinch-hitter Justin Turner on three pitches, getting him looking at a 94-mph sinker for strike three. Arrieta's stats remain impressive. In his last 24 outings, he is 20-0 with a 1.01 ERA, striking out 170 over 169 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a .150 batting average.
"He's a perfectionist," Jason Heyward said of Arrieta. "He could have a good game, and he could say, 'I could do a little better here and there,' and you see him do that. ... He pitched well enough for us to win."

Glovework: With two outs in the Dodgers second, Grandal chopped the ball just in front of catcher Miguel Montero, who tried to barehand the ball but overran it. Grandal then sprinted to second and was safe on another error by Montero, whose throw sailed into center field. Crawford then struck out and Montero ran to tag him to make sure. Arrieta had no problems fielding his position. With one out in the fifth, he retrieved Kazmir's grounder to start a 1-6-3 double play, and in the sixth, he deftly handled Utley's grounder and threw in time to first.

In the Dodgers' ninth, Maddon made a double switch and moved Kris Bryant from third base to shortstop for the first time in his career. After Cahill went in to pitch, Maddon originally wanted Tommy La Stella at second and Ben Zobrist to play short, but he realized the Dodgers had some left-handed hitters coming up and opted for a stronger arm at short. Bryant, who may be the tallest Cubs shortstop ever at 6-foot-5, did not have a ball hit to him.
"You take chances," Maddon said. "Whenever you're down, you take chances. It was a better defensive setup to have Zo at second base."

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With one out in the Dodgers' fourth, Trayce Thompson hit a ball to shortstop Addison Russell, whose throw pulled Rizzo off first base. Thompson was ruled safe, but the Cubs challenged the call, and after a review, the call was overturned.

Dodgers: Right-hander Mike Bolsinger will make his first start since May 24 on Wednesday, working on eight days' rest. Bolsinger has made two starts since returning from the 15-day disabled list on May 18, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and striking out eight with three walks. He allowed two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Reds in his last start. First pitch will be at 5:08 p.m. PT from Wrigley Field.
Cubs: Left-hander Jon Lester will make his 11th start on Wednesday. He is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers. He faced them twice last season and gave up nine earned runs over 10 innings. First pitch will be at 7:08 p.m. CT from Wrigley Field.
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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Brian Hedger is a contributor to and covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.