PITTSBURGH — Jake Arrieta dominated the Pirates again, allowing two hits in seven shutout innings as the Cubs defeated Pittsburgh 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Seven months after shutting the Pirates down in the NL wild-card playoff, Arrieta allowed only singles to former Ray Sean Rodriguez in the second and Francisco Cervelli in the seventh. The defending NL Cy Young Award winner improved his ERA to 0.84.
Kris Bryant had three hits for the Cubs, who have won seven of eight and moved five games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Two starts removed from his second career no-hitter, Arrieta kept on going. His only real trouble spot came in the first, when he issued consecutive walks to former Ray John Jaso and Andrew McCutchen. A strikeout, a fielder's choice and a harmless grounder back to the mound later, Arrieta had his bearings. The Pirates could do little to stop him even with manager Clint Hurdle using an unorthodox lineup.
Pittsburgh didn't get a runner to second the rest of the night against Arrieta.