CHICAGO (AP) — Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Saturday for their season-best third win in a row.
A day after the Cubs tagged St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, they came back to beat Michael Wacha (2-3).
The Cubs have their longest winning streak since a three-game sweep of San Francisco in late July.
Arrieta struck out seven over 5 1-3 innings in his season debut, giving up four hits. The right-hander was activated from the disabled list before the game, having been out because of shoulder stiffness.
Chicago's bullpen combined to pitch 3 2-3 scoreless innings. Brian Schlitter (1-0) got two outs for the win and Hector Rondon worked around a pair of leadoff singles in the ninth for his third save.
Lake hit a two-run homer in the sixth for a 2-0 lead. Along with his third homer, Lake also doubled in going 3 for 3.
Rizzo led off the eighth with sixth home run, and third in three games. He connected on the first pitch he saw from Randy Choate.