(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Cubs staved off a late rally by the Toronto Blue Jays to win 7-4 at Wrigley Field on Friday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta improved to 13-and-8 on the year after giving up one earned run through six-and-a-third innings. Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is not worried about his impending free agency and is only concentrating on the season at hand.
The Blue Jays got to within 5-to-4 after scoring three in the top of the 8th, but Javier Baez gave the Cubs some insurance in the bottom of the inning by hitting a two-run home run, his 20th on the year. Toronto got on the board first thanks to a single by Steve Pearce that scored Justin Smoak in the top of the 1st inning, but that was all the run support starting pitcher J.A. Happ would get. Happ lasted five innings, giving up five earned runs and falling to 6-and-9 on the year.