Chicago Cubs: Winning streak snapped as club heads to Pittsburgh

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs wears a football jersey as the Cubs leave on their road trip September 3, 2017 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs wears a football jersey as the Cubs leave on their road trip September 3, 2017 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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As the Chicago Cubs headed off to Pittsburgh, the team can hold its head high after an impressive 6-1 homestand over the last week at Wrigley Field.

A nice, clean 7-0 run would have been nice, but the first-place Chicago Cubs wound up 6-1 over the last week. The Atlanta Braves played spoiler on Sunday at the Friendly Confines, taking down the North Siders by a 5-1 final on a day where the offense couldn’t get anything going.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery pitched five innings, allowing three earned. Right-hander Dillon Maples made his big league debut, tossing a scoreless frame in relief. Justin Grimm did the same, but Felix Pena struggled again, serving up a two-spot late to put things out of reach.

In the loss, Javier Baez suffered an injury trying to steal second base. He left the game with blurred vision, but is expected to be back with the club on Monday afternoon. Whether or not he plays remains to be seen.

Chicago (75-61) enters this week’s series against Pittsburgh 3 1/2 games up. While the Cubs played hot, Milwaukee did the same to keep pace. But, in a Labor Day matinee, Jake Arrieta looks to start a new streak.

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The right-hander, hot off his NL Pitcher of the Month honors, has been near-unbeatable in the second half. He owns a 6-1 record and a sterling 1.59 ERA since the All-Star Break. Alex Avila is expected to be back behind the dish today to catch the 2015 Cy Young Award winner.

After this series against the Pirates, the Cubs return home for a pivotal showdown against the Brewers. This weekend’s series may go a long way in deciding the National League Central.

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What’s Next

Chicago and Pittsburgh open a four-game set Monday afternoon at PNC Park. For the North Siders, Jake Arrieta toes the rubber. Right-hander Chad Kuhl starts opposite Arrieta for the Pirates.

First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT.