BOSTON — Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball Monday night before Boston’s Stephen Drew hit a clean single.
That was Arrieta’s only blemish as the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0.
Arrieta entered Monday’s game with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts. After Drew’s hit, Arrieta was pulled after 120 pitches. Arrieta struck out 10 in lowering his ERA to 1.81.
The closest the Red Sox came to a hit was in the fifth when third baseman Luis Valbuena, playing to the right of second base as part of a shift, reached high to snag a broken-bat line drive by David Ortiz.
In the seventh, Daniel Nava took a called third strike, Dustin Pedroia struck out and Ortiz grounded out.
Arrieta lost his no-hit bid last Tuesday against Cincinnati when Billy Hamilton started the seventh with a single up the middle that started a two-run rally.
Nate Schierholtz provided Arrieta with support by smacking a two-run home run with two out in the fourth off Jake Peavy.
Schierholtz hit a double off the center field wall in the second but was left stranded.
Peavy left after six innings and 109 pitches.