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Cubs can't pick up slack after Arrieta out early - The Pirates have fallen far out of the National Javier Baez jersey League Central race, but they can still play the role of September spoiler as they look toward 2018. They did just that on Monday, as their rookies backed up Chad Kuhl's seven scoreless innings in the Bucs' 12-0 win over the Cubs. Kuhl struck out a career-high eight in his best start of the season, the Pirates' second shutout in the last three days. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings at Wrigley Field last Tuesday, but he was in command on Monday afternoon. Kuhl fired fastballs up to 99 mph and kept the Cubs' imposing, lefty-laden lineup off-balance with a mix of sliders, curveballs and changeups, as he held them to four hits and two walks on 100 pitches. Full Game Coverage "They got me a few times last year, got me earlier this year. Chicago Cubs jerseys I had five really good innings six days ago at Wrigley," Kuhl said. "It's just nice to put it all together and finish a good game." He worked around a pair of two-out doubles by Kris Bryant in the first and third innings, and Starling Marte cut down a run at the plate in the second inning with a 99.4-mph throw from left field. But Kuhl found his rhythm after that. He struck out the side in the fourth, retired 10 straight between the third and the seventh and didn't allow a hit after the third inning. "Kuhl kept getting better," Cubs manager Joe Maddon Anthony Rizzo Jersey said. "He had real good command of his breaking ball today. Very good. We had a chance early, but once he found his breaking ball command, he took off." Statcast: Marte's arm strength Statcast: Marte's arm strength Statcast measures the arm strength and distance of Starling Marte's throw to nail Ben Zobrist at home plate The Cubs have lost two in a row, but they maintained a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL Central because the Brewers lost to the Reds. The good news for them is it appears they won't be without Jake Chicago Cubs jerseys Arrieta for long. The reigning NL Pitcher of the Month left the game with one out in the third inning, clearly favoring his right hamstring, but the injury is believed to be just a cramp. Arrieta's exit and the Pirates' big lead led to outfielder Leonys Martin making his Cubs debut on the mound, of all places, and giving up a home run to David Freese in a seven-run eighth inning. If you are interested in jerseys. Please click:

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