MIAMI (AP) – Jake Arrieta had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings, and Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 Wednesday.
By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, the last-place Cubs won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013. They went 5-5 on their three-city trip.READ MORE: Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Miami Dolphins To Serve 500 Hot Meals To Miami-Dade Schools Families
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 20th homer in the first but left the game after six innings with a bruised left wrist. His status is day to day.
Arrieta (3-1) allowed five hits and one walk and lowered his ERA to 1.98. He also doubled for his first career extra-base hit.
Schierholtz was in a 3-for-26 slump before he hit his third homer off Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) in the Cubs’ four-run sixth. Starlin Castro had a pair of RBI doubles and a single for Chicago.
Eovaldi, back from paternity leave after joining his wife in Texas for the birth of their first child Monday, allowed five runs in six-plus innings.READ MORE: Royal Family Pays Final Respects To Prince Philip, Funeral Held At St. George's Chapel
Chris Coghlan doubled in the first inning when his deep drive popped out of the glove of right fielder Stanton, and Castro hit a two-out double.
The Cubs had 13 hits, including four in a row in the sixth. Castro made it 2-0 with an RBI double, and after Ryan Sweeney singled, Schierholtz homered into the upper deck in right field.
Arrieta gave up a homer for the first time in his past five starts when Stanton connected with two out in the first inning. The homer also ended Arrieta’s streak of 17 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Marlins struck out 14 times. They went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and went 4 for 30 in those situations in the series.
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