ARRIETA HELPS CUBS STAY HOT WITH 8-3 WIN OVER WHITE SOX
CHICAGO» Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Cubs beat the White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night to move into first in the NL Central.
After a disappointing start to the season, the Cubs (53-47) are roaring again. The reigning World Series champions moved a season-high six games over .500 and a half-game ahead of Milwaukee after trailing the Brewers by 5½ games just two weeks ago.
Anthony Rizzo had three hits and four RBIs, helping the Cubs improve to 10-2 since the All-Star break. Addison Russell hit a solo homer in the ninth, and Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist and Jon Jay each drove in a run.
After finishing their series against the last-place White Sox on Thursday night, the Cubs visit Milwaukee for a threegame set this weekend.
Top prospect Yoan Moncada hit his first career homer and Alen Hanson also went deep, but the White Sox lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez committed a costly error and James Shields (2-3) lasted just four-plus innings.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind each had two-run doubles in a seven-run eighth inning to help the Nationals rally past the Brewers 8-5. … J.D. Martinez homered twice and Ketel Marte hit an inside-the-park two-run homer in the Diamondbacks’ 10-3 victory over the Braves. … Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the Giants’ 2-1 victory over the Pirates. … Luis Severino dominated over seven innings, Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier homered, and the Yankees beat the Reds 9-5 to sweep the two-game series. … Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Mariners 4-0 to salvage the final game of the series. … Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. homered and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings for the Rays in a 5-1 win over the Orioles. … Justin Smoak hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Kendrys Morales followed with a gamewinning blast as the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Athletics 3-2. … Cameron Rupp hit two home runs and had four RBIs and Aaron Nola set a career high with 10 strikeouts over six innings to lead the Phillies to a 9-0 victory over the Astros. … Rookie Bradley Zimmer homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double and the Indians matched a season high with their sixth straight win, 10-4 over the Angels. … Eric Hosmer matched his career high with five hits, including his first major-league grand slam, and the Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Tigers .… Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon homered on the first pitch thrown by Yu Darvish, and things got no better for the Rangers as Miami set a franchise record for runs in a 22-10 victory.
Brewers trade for reliever Swarzak. The Brewers acquired reliever Anthony Swarzak in a trade with the White Sox. … The Cubs cut left-hander Brett Anderson. The Associated Press