- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The last time the Chicago Cubs lost when Jake Arrieta was pitching they were no-hit.

This time it took a one-hitter to outduel the Cubs ace.

Scott Kazmir and two relievers combined to allow only Dexter Fowler’s third-inning single, matching zeros with Arrieta before the Dodgers got to Chicago’s bullpen for a 5-0 victory Tuesday night.

“We’ve gotten used to winning when he pitches,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Arrieta went seven scoreless innings, but was denied his 21st consecutive victory. The Cubs had won in Arrieta’s last 23 starts, dating to when the Phillies’ Cole Hamels no-hit the Cubs on July 25.

“You play this game long enough and you’re going to lose a game here and there,” Arrieta said. “It was a good streak and we’ll get started on something else.”

Kazmir allowed the lone hit and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Joe Blanton (3-2) struck out three in two perfect innings before Adam Liberatore struck out one in a perfect ninth as the Dodgers snapped the Cubs’ six-game winning streak.

“It’s really just a big win for us,” Kazmir said.

Cubs left-hander Clayton Richard (0-1) gave up three straight singles to lefties in the eighth, the last Adrian Gonzalez’s liner to left that scored Chase Utley and ended the Dodgers’ 16-inning scoreless streak.

Corey Seager hit a three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the ninth in the Dodgers’ seventh win in nine games.

Arrieta walked the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh before striking out Justin Turner looking on his 107th pitch.

Arrieta allowed two hits and four walks and struck out eight while lowering his ERA to 1.56, but couldn’t become the majors’ first 10-game winner.

“I didn’t want to make a mistake in the middle of the plate,” Arrieta said. “I made some good pitches, borderline, that didn’t go my way. I pitched around some walks and got into a situation where I had to make a big pitch and was able to do so.”

The start of the game was delayed 27 minutes by rain amid a whirlwind day for the Dodgers on their manager’s 44th birthday.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig (sore left hamstring) was a late scratch. They recalled 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias from the minors and placed lefty Alex Wood on the disabled list with elbow soreness a day after he took the loss against the Cubs.

That came as the Dodgers designated struggling Alex Guerrero for assignment and announced right-hander Kenta Maeda (hand) is uncertain for his Thursday start.

And they were facing Arrieta for the first time since his no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 30.

But Kazmir was up to the task in his first outing since striking out 12 in six innings against Cincinnati. Fowler was thrown out trying to steal second after his single.

Fowler’s fly ball to the warning track in left center in the sixth was the closest the Cubs came to scoring as the Dodgers retired the final 19 Cubs in order.

“It takes a no-hitter and a one-hitter to beat Jake over the course of time,” Maddon said. “It’s unfortunate.”


Dodgers: Wood is returning to LA to have an MRI. . Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he held out Puig as a precaution because of the wet grass and expects him to play Wednesday. . OF Andrew Ethier has still not resumed baseball activities since fracturing his right tibia in late March. . LF Trayce Thompson (back spasms) returned after a two-game absence.

Cubs: Maddon had heard of no issues with RHP Jason Hammel after he left Monday’s game with right hamstring cramping. . Fowler (right heel) started after sitting out Monday.


Cubs C Miguel Montero made two errors in a span of five pitches in the second inning when he bobbled a tapper in front of the mound, then threw wild to second when he thought Yasmani Grandal was stealing.


Reliever Neil Ramirez, designated for assignment by the Cubs on May 21, was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee. “He’s got a wipeout slider,” Maddon said. “With good health, this guy can be really good.”


Cubs LHP Jon Lester (5-3, 2.48 ERA) starts Wednesday night against Dodgers RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 4.50).

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