Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta got back on track by firing
seven strong innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the
Colorado Rockies that closed out a four-game series.
Arrieta (6-2) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and yielded just a run
on three hits while striking out seven to halt a four-start winless stretch.
The right-hander was bolstered by a big sixth inning in which the Cubs scored
three runs off Pedro Hernandez despite recording only two hits.
Chris Coghlan went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win, Chicago's third of
The NL Central cellar-dwelling Cubs made one notable move at Thursday's trade
deadline during the game, shipping utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and lefty
reliever James Russell to Atlanta for minor league catcher Victor Caratini.
Hernandez (0-1), promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs for his first major
league start of the season, permitted all three runs on six hits over 5 2/3
Arrieta opened the contest by setting down 14 consecutive hitters -- including
six by strikeout -- before Wilin Rosario broke up the perfect-game bid with a
two-out single in the fifth inning.
"It's kind of one of those things where the more you go out there and continue
to do it, it just seems like it's supposed to happen that way," said Arrieta
of his early success. "It's a good feeling when you get into that groove and
you're able to execute pitch after pitch."
Hernandez nearly matched his counterpart over the first five frames, however,
scattering four singles and inducing a pair of double plays to keep the game
scoreless entering the sixth.
He was reached for back-to-back singles by Arismendy Alcantara and Coghlan to
start Chicago's half of the sixth, though, then walked Anthony Rizzo and
Starlin Castro in succession to force in a run. A sacrifice fly by Justin
Ruggiano plated Coghlan for a 2-0 lead, with Rizzo scoring on Luis Valbuena's
grounder to short to extend the margin.
Colorado finally got to Arrieta in the seventh, as Nolan Arenado followed
Corey Dickerson's leadoff single with a run-scoring double, then put forth a
threat against Cubs closer Hector Rondon in the ninth.
Arenado and Morneau began the inning with base hits to put the tying run
aboard, with Arenado advancing to third on Carlos Gonzalez's fielder's choice.
Rondon got a key strikeout of Rosario, however, and fanned Charlie Culberson
looking to notch his 14th save of the year.
"We just couldn't get the big hit to put together a big inning," Rockies
manager Walt Weiss said afterward.
Arrieta had recorded a loss and three no-decisions over his previous four
outings ... Hernandez went 3-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) with
Minnesota last season ... Gonzalez returned to the Rockies' lineup after
sitting out Wednesday's matchup with knee and ankle soreness. He finished 0-
for-4 ... Colorado has now lost 11 of its last 15 games.