Arrieta pitches Cubs past Rockies
CHICAGO – Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.
The Cubs won three of four in a matchup of last-place teams. The Rockies have lost four of five and 11 of 15 overall.
Pedro Hernandez (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings in his first start for Colorado.
Chicago scored three times in the sixth despite getting one ball out of the infield the entire inning.
Arismendy Alcantara sparked the rally with a leadoff smash down the third-base line that Nolan Arenado was unable to handle cleanly. Chris Coghlan then singled off the glove of first baseman Justin Morneau, putting runners on first and second.
Hernandez then walked Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro to force in a run. Justin Ruggiano added a sacrifice fly and Luis Valbuena drove in Rizzo with a grounder to shortstop.
Nolan Arenado's RBI double cut Chicago's lead to 3-1 in the seventh, but that was it for the Rockies.
Hector Rondon got three outs for his 14th save in 17 opportunities. He retired three straight after Arenado and Justin Morneau singled to start the ninth.
CUBS MAKE TRADE
The Cubs made one trade on the non-waiver deadline day, sending utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, left-handed reliever James Russell and cash to Atlanta for switch-hitting catching prospect Victor Caratini.
Caratini, 20, was selected by the Braves in the second round of the 2013 draft. He hit .279 with five homers and 42 RBIs in 87 games with Class A Rome this season.
Bonifacio has been playing well lately, batting .400 (14 for 35) in his last eight games. He hit .279 in 69 games with the Cubs this season. Russell, 28, is 0-2 with one save and a 3.87 ERA in 44 appearances this season.
CUBS: With Chicago headed out on the road, rookie reliever Neil Ramirez (triceps soreness) will travel to the team's spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz., to continue his rehab. The hope is that the right-hander will be ready to go when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 10.
"He feels good," manager Rick Renteria said. "Hopefully, that's the case."
ROCKIES: Outfielder Michael Cuddyer (fractured shoulder) is scheduled to take part in light batting practice drills on Friday. If he progresses as expected in the next seven to 10 days, a minor league rehab stint will be the next step in his recovery.
The Cubs begin a six-game road trip Friday night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 2.33 ERA) faces Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren (8-8, 4.49 ERA) in the series opener.
The Rockies open a three-game series Friday at Detroit, with left-hander Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.18 ERA) taking on Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (9-9, 4.59 ERA).