Cubs 2, Orioles 1
Cubs 2, Orioles 1: Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one hit and fanned eight over 6 1/3 dominant innings while fellow rookie Arismendy Alcantara homered as Chicago completed a three-game home sweep of Baltimore.
Wada (4-1) – a former Orioles minor-leaguer – issued a two-out walk in the first to Adam Jones, but that was his only blemish until Steve Pearce homered two pitches into the seventh. The 33-year-old Japanese left-hander won his third straight start and Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double as the Cubs improved to 8-2 in their last 10 interleague contests.
American League East fall to six games. Miguel Gonzalez (6-7) took the hard-luck loss in his first major-league action since Aug. 7, giving up two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 frames.
Each starting pitcher allowed only one baserunner until Alcantara ended the pitchers' duel with one out in the bottom of the fifth when he drove a 2-1 fastball from Gonzalez over the fence in right-center. Chicago added another run in the sixth as Chris Coghlan opened the frame with a two-base hit before Rizzo plated him with a one-out double that rolled to the wall in left.
Wada, who carried his no-hit bid into the seventh before Pearce hammered a 0-1 fastball over the seats in left, departed two pitches later after retiring Jones, and Neil Ramirez got the final two outs of the seventh. Another former Oriole, Pedro Strop, worked a flawless eighth and Hector Rondon wrapped up the one-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 21st save.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Wada recorded his first hit as a major leaguer on an infield single in the third. … The Cubs have homered in a season-high nine straight games. … Chicago's bullpen, which has posted a 1.69 ERA over its last 28 contests, allowed only three hits over 11 2/3 scoreless innings in this series.