CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings of four-hit ball for his major league-best 18th win, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 on Saturday.
Arrieta also struck out seven in his first start since he threw his first career no-hitter against the Dodgers last Sunday. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the right-hander, who has allowed just two earned runs in 50 1-3 innings during his win streak.
Arrieta allowed two hits in the first, but struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Hector Rondon yielded two hits in the ninth before finishing for his 26th save in 30 chances.
Arizona wasted a solid start by Robbie Ray in its third consecutive loss. Paul Goldschmidt had two hits in his return to the lineup after missing two games to be with his wife, Amy, in Phoenix as she gave birth to their first child.
Ray (3-11) struck out eight in five innings. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits, but dropped to 0-7 with a 5.23 ERA in 10 starts since his last victory on July 7.
David Ross drove in a run with a bases-loaded groundout in the fourth, and Dexter Fowler drove Ray’s first pitch of the fifth over the wall in left for his 16th homer. His previous career best was 13 with Colorado in 2012.