CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta's bid for a second straight no-hitter was dashed on his fifth pitch. His Wrigley Field scoreless streak ended at 52⅔ innings.
Oh, and he won his 16th straight decision, the longest streak in the majors in a decade.
"I was a little flat," the NL Cy Young Award winner said Thursday after leading the Cubs over the Brewers 7-2. Chicago improved to 16-5, its best 21-game start since opening 1907 at 17-4.
"Our most important ball games are still ahead of us," Arrieta said. "We're still lined up pretty well."
Arrieta (5-0) gave up one run, three hits and four walks in five innings — the first run he allowed at home since July 25. Alex Presley's fifth-inning RBI double ended Arrieta's home scoreless streak at 52⅔ innings, four outs shy of Ray Herbert's major-league record set with the White Sox in 1962-63.
Arrieta's streak of consecutive winning decisions is the longest since Jose Contreras of the White Sox won 17 in a row from August 2005 to July 2006, according to STATS. Chicago has won in Arrieta's past 18 starts, a team record.
Arrieta's streak of consecutive quality starts ended at 24, two shy of Bob Gibson's record from 1967-68. "I saw 92 pitches. I saw the Cubs trying to win a World Series. I saw the next five years of his career," manager Joe Maddon said of pulling Arrieta after five innings. "All that stuff mattered much more than breaking Gibson's record."