How it happened: Stephen Drew broke up the no-hitter with two out in the eighth with a solid single to right field. Arrieta didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth inning as he walked one and struck out 10 before being pulled after the Drew hit. The right-hander threw 120 pitches, a career high. Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning after Welington Castillo drew a two-out walk for the Cubs’ lone runs. It was all Arrieta and the bullpen needed. Hector Rondon earned his 10th save after Pedro Strop threw one pitch to end the eighth.
What it means: It’s the second time in two starts Arrieta has taken a no-hitter into seventh inning or beyond -- his stuff is as nasty as it’s been since he became a Cub in July 2013. He’s come into his own under pitching coach Chris Bosio, who, incidentally, is the last pitcher to no-hit the Red Sox, back in 1993 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Arrieta improved to 5-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.81. It was his fourth consecutive victory. He’s been dominant.