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Jays no match for Cubs' Arrieta

Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup.

Toronto's visit to Wrigley Field ends in 7-4 defeat

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta struck out six Blue Jays in the Cubs' 7-4 win Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. (Paul Beaty/Associated Press)

Jake Arrieta may never duplicate the second half he had two years ago in winning the NL Cy Young Award.

The Cubs don't care.

They'll take what the right-hander is giving them now.

Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and Chicago beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup.

Javier Baez homered and drove in 3 runs, as the Cubs beat the Blue Jays 7-4 in Toronto's first visit to Wrigley Field since 2005 2:18

Arrieta (13-8) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer and gone at least six innings in each of his seven starts since the All-Star break.

"Jake was outstanding," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Right now, maybe not as good as he was a couple of years ago, but he's pretty darn close."

Despite going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015, Arrieta, 31, said recently that he believes his best pitching is still to come.

"That's the way I feel and I intend to back it up," he said.

Cubs put Happ through 'battle' 

Ryan Goins had a two-run single and Kevin Pillar added an RBI double to highlight a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays. Miguel Montero, who began the season with the Cubs, went two for four with a run scored against his former team.

This is Toronto's second visit to Wrigley Field and first since June 2005.

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (6-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings to snap a three-game winning streak.

"It was a battle for him," manager John Gibbons said of Happ. "He had to work in the early innings."

After Toronto went up 1-0 in the first, the Cubs answered with three runs in the second aided by Happ's mental mistake. With runners on second and third and one out, Heyward hit a grounder wide of first base. Smoak easily fielded it, but Happ didn't break to cover and Heyward beat him to the bag for a run-scoring single.

Baez followed with a bloop single to make it 2-1. One out later, Almora Jr. singled to score Heyward.

Chicago stretched the advantage to 5-1 in the fifth on Rizzo's two-run single.

Toronto scored three runs in the eighth off Pedro Strop to trim the Cubs' lead to one, but Baez's two-run homer — his 20th — in the bottom of the inning provided insurance.

"It means a lot," Baez said of getting 20 homers. "We to try to get there, to get 30."

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