Dodgers beat Cubs 5-0 to end Arrieta winning streak
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2016 04:01 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager watches his three-run home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Trevor Cahill during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 5-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta's long streak of consecutive victories ended Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs were beaten 5-0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cubs ace was chasing his 21st straight victory, and Chicago had won in Arrieta's past 23 starts, but both streaks were ended by a brilliant pitching performance by the opposition, with the Dodgers giving up only one hit for the game.
The Cubs' big lead in the National League Central was trimmed, while Washington bolstered its break at the top of the NL East with a victory at Philadelphia as the New York Mets slipped two games off the pace after wasting a good early lead against the Chicago White Sox.
The key American League fixture saw a Mookie Betts-led Boston win at Baltimore to open a three-game lead on the Orioles in the East.
Arrieta looked on track for yet another win when he pitched seven scoreless frames, but got no support from the offense as Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir and two relievers stymied the Chicago hitters throughout.
Clayton Richard came in to relieve Arrieta and gave up three straight singles in the eighth, the last being Adrian Gonzalez's line drive to left field that scored Chase Utley and ended the Dodgers' 16-inning scoreless streak.
Washington's Joe Ross pitched seven tidy innings to steer the Nationals to a 5-1 win at Philadelphia, despite star slugger Bryce Harper missing the game due to a bruised knee.
Daniel Murphy hit one of four Washington home runs and that proved more than enough to beat a Phillies team that has scored just nine runs across its past five games, losing all of them.
Murphy, who also had an infield single in the eighth, finished the month of May with a .416 batting average. His 47 hits matched the franchise record for a calendar month, set by Al Oliver (August 1982) and Marquis Grissom (June 1994) when the team was based in Montreal.
The Chicago White Sox rallied from four runs down to win 6-4 at the Mets, ending a seven-game losing sequence.
The Mets led 4-0 after three innings, but rookie Steven Matz, trying to win his eighth consecutive start, suddenly faded in the sixth and gave up three quick runs.
Tyler Saladino hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Boston's Mookie Betts hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs to power the Red Sox to a 6-2 win against Baltimore.
Betts led off the game with a shot to center field and added a three-run drive to left in the second inning. After lining out the next time up in the fourth, Betts hit a solo homer to right in the seventh.
Batting in the ninth inning with a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, Betts grounded out to second.
Texas' Colby Lewis improved to a 5-0 season record for the first time in his career as he guided the Rangers to a 7-3 win at Cleveland.
Lewis pitched six scoreless innings for the Rangers, who have won nine of their past 11 and retained the AL West lead.
Miami's Jose Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Marlins beat Pittsburgh 3-1.
Fernandez struck out six while throwing 62 of 88 pitches for strikes. He improved to 22-1 at home in his career and lowered his season earned run average to 2.53 per nine innings.
Pirates starter Gerrit Cole gave up nine hits in 6-1/3 innings.
Toronto's Kevin Pillar singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and made a spectacular diving catch in center field to help the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-1.
With the score tied 1-1, Edwin Encarnacion doubled to begin the seventh, prompting the Yankees to take out starter C.C. Sabathia and bring on Dellin Betances. Pillar singled in Encarnacion with a ground ball to right.
Pillar had ended the fourth with a diving grab on Austin Romine's liner to right-center.
Kansas City notched a fifth straight win for the first time this season, beating Tampa Bay 10-5.
Lorenzo Cain homered and drove in four runs for the defending World Series champs, who have won six straight series to take a two-game lead in the AL Central after being seven games off the lead on May 10.
Cain hit a two-run homer in the first and a two-run single during a five-run fifth.
St. Louis' Matt Carpenter tied his season high with four hits for the second straight game, scored four times and drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals over Milwaukee 10-3.
Seattle's Seth Smith hit two of his team's five home runs and finished with four RBIs while Adam Lind and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers as the Mariners pummeled San Diego 16-4.
Los Angeles blew a seven-game lead but rallied back and beat Detroit 11-9 when C.J. Cron hit a game-ending homer for the Angels.
San Francisco's Jake Peavy faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings to set up a 4-0 win for the Giants against Atlanta.
Houston's George Springer frove in four runs to spark the Astros to an 8-5 win against Arizona.
Colorado hit seven home runs in a home game for the first time as the Rockies routed Cincinnati 17-4, with Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon both hitting two long shots.
Oakland's Danny Valencia homered and drove in three runs to power the Athletics to a 7-4 win against Minnesota.