It’s becoming a really bad habit.
The Red Sox once again made an opposing starter look like a Hall of Fame pitcher, as Jake Arrieta allowed only one hit in a 2-0 Cubs’ victory.
Arrieta had a no-hitter through 7.2 IP before Stephen Drew (no, seriously) ripped a single to right field to break it up. Arrieta finished with 10 strikeouts and only one walk to go with the one hit.
The two runs came in the fourth inning off Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, and they would be all the support that Arrieta would need.
With two down in the inning, Peavy walked Wellington Castillo with a borderline pitch. Nate Schierholtz then belted a two-run shot into the bullpen.
Peavy went 6.0 innings allowing only the two earned runs while striking out seven and walking two.
For Peavy, it’s another frustrating outing. He finally delivered a strong performance, but was given no run support. He came into the game with the second lowest run support average in the American League, ahead of only Ubaldo Jimenez.
With the loss, the Sox missed out on an opportunity to gain half a game on the AL East leading Blue Jays, who were not in action.