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San Francisco Giants
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Record: 67-59
2nd in National League West
Chicago Cubs
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Record: 73-52
3rd in National League Central
Complete – March 26, 2016 – 4:05 PM ET – Sloan Park, Mesa, Arizona – Attendance: 15,403 – Duration: 2 Hours, 51 Minutes
Umpires
 
First Base #78 Jim Wolf
Homeplate   Nick Marley
Second Base #16 Mike DiMuro
Third Base   Joseph Born
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Away Jeff Samardzija 9 5 3.92
Home John Lackey 7 5 3.70
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SPJeff Samardzija (W)6.05220413.00
RPBraulio Lara (H)0.21000000.00
RPCory Gearrin (H)0.10000100.00
RPMike Broadway (H)0.11001000.00
RPJavier Lopez (H)0.10000000.00
RPJake Dunning (H)0.10000100.00
RPHunter Strickland (S)1.02000100.00
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RPClayton Richard1.02000000.00
RPPedro Strop1.00000000.00
RPHector Rondon1.00001100.00
RPManny Parra1.00000300.00
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Arrieta earns NL-best eighth win as Cubs defeat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta admitted he had only his “B” game Friday night.

Fortunately for the staff ace, his teammates brought their “A-plus” defense.

Arrieta became the National League’s first eight-game winner, limiting the San Francisco Giants to four hits and one run over seven innings in an 8-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series.

Kris Bryant smacked a three-run home run in a five-run third inning, and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jorge Soler combined to make three rally-killing catches in support of Arrieta, who improved to 8-0 this season and 19-0 since June 21, 2015.

“It was a battle for me tonight,” said Arrieta, who lowered his major-league-leading ERA to 1.29. “They hit some balls hard. I had to adjust, work with what I had. It turned out pretty good.”

The win was the Cubs’ 22nd in a row in a game started by Arrieta, matching the second-longest streak in the history of baseball. Only the Atlanta Braves’ 23 straight wins in games started by Kris Medlen from 2010-12 has extended longer.

It might have been a seven-run win, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon walked away believing it could have been a loss if not for what happened on Arrieta’s third pitch of the game.

That’s when Heyward, the right fielder, raced to the 421-foot marker in right-center to make a diving catch on blast by Denard Span, landing hard on his right side on the dirt warning track before sliding head-first into the wall.

“Might have been the best (I’ve ever seen),” Maddon said. “That might have been the game right there, crazy as it sounds. If that ball falls, it might have been an inside-the park home run and it gets them started.”

After several minutes on the ground, Heyward was able to walk off the field with just minor assistance, and went immediately to the visitors’ clubhouse. The Cubs were calling it a right abdominal injury, and he’ll have an MRI on Saturday.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Arrieta claimed. “Amazing catch. That’s what he’s capable of in the outfield. It’s unfortunate it had to happen like that, I but I think he’s going to be fine.”

Arrieta, who allowed four of the Giants’ first 12 batters to reach base, also benefitted from Soler’s play in left field.

The blossoming prospect raced back to the fence to rob Giants catcher Buster Posey in the third inning with two aboard and third baseman Conor Gillaspie with one on in the seventh.

Soler also caught his manager’s eye with nifty baserunning and two hits, including a solo home run, his third of the season.

“It’s nice to see Jorge play a complete game. That’s what we’re looking for,” Maddon said. “I’m not even talking about his home run. That’s how excited I am. That’s the kind of effort that can make him a superstar.”

Soler’s homer came after a solo shot by Ben Zobrist, his sixth, in the eighth inning for the Cubs, who have not lost consecutive road games this season. Chicago was coming off a 5-3 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday.

Zobrist’s homer off the fourth Giants pitcher, right-hander George Kontos, was a “Splash Hit” into the San Francisco Bay beyond the right-field wall, the 38th by a San Francisco opponent in the 16-year history of AT&T; Park. Only one previous Cub — Corey Patterson on Aug. 7, 2004 — had recorded a “Splash Hit.”

The back-to-back homers gave the Cubs a 7-1 lead, after which Arrieta was given the rest of the night off. He’d thrown 111 pitches, his second-most this season.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked two and struck out eight in extending his streak of allowing three or fewer runs to 29 consecutive starts.

“His stuff is so good,” Maddon said, “even when his stuff is off, he can still be very productive.”

Right-hander Jake Peavy, the 2007 Cy Young winner, took the loss for the Giants and saw his ERA, worst in the NL, balloon to 8.21.

“It’s something you embrace,” Peavy said of the opportunity to duel with Arrieta. “In this game, you revel at the chance to face the game’s best. And when you don’t do what you’re capable of doing, it’s upsetting.”

Bryant had two hits and four RBIs for the Cubs (29-11), who improved upon baseball’s best record.

Angel Pagan singled twice, stole two bases and scored the only run for Giants (25-19), who were coming off a 7-0 trip to Arizona and San Diego.

San Francisco had won eight in a row and had allowed a total of just four runs in its previous four games.

Peavy (1-5) didn’t get out of the second inning. He left two outs into the Cubs’ uprising, having surrendered five runs on seven hits and two walks. He did not record a strikeout for just the fifth time in his career.

“He had two outs, two strikes and it’s a 2-0 ballgame. That’s a game at that point,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the fateful third inning. “But you get down five to Arrieta and it’s an uphill climb.”

NOTES: The back-to-back homers were a first for the Cubs this season. … Giants RHP Jake Peavy’s 1 2/3-inning outing was the second-shortest of his career. … While Peavy was winning the National League Cy Young Award for the San Diego Padres in 2007, RHP Jake Arrieta, a Baltimore Orioles draft choice, was pitching for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, striking out 16 in 16 scoreless innings over 14 appearances. … The Cubs’ streak of 22 straight wins in Arrieta starts is tied the New York Yankees (LHP Whitey Ford) and New York Giants (RHP Carl Hubbell) for the second-longest streak for a single pitcher of all-time. … Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RHP Sergio Romo (strained right flexor) would be sent to Triple-A Sacramento to begin an injury-rehab stint early next week. The hope is to have Romo back with the parent club in early June.


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