CINCINNATI – Jake Arrieta wishes he would’ve held onto the ball a bit longer.
Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Cincinnati Reds swiped six in all, beating the Cubs, 7-2, Thursday.
The Reds stole six times in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Arrieta (7-5).
All six steals came at second base. Cubs catcher John Baker wasn’t able to throw out anyone.
“I was bad at holding the runners. That’s my fault,” Arrieta said. “I wasn’t giving Baker an opportunity to throw them out.”
“I’ve got to vary my times better at holding the ball. They were aggressive on the bases and at the plate. They were able to get good reads and good jumps,” he said.
Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more.
Cincinnati stole three in a three-run second inning and two in a three-run fourth.
Arrieta had seven good starts and a rain-shortened outing coming into the game, but let the Reds run wild in his four innings.
“Jake actually had good stuff,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “His command wasn’t very good. He didn’t have his Jake-like command.”
Controlling the running game hasn’t been a problem for him until today.
“If that was the case, you would’ve seen it all season,” Renteria said.”
Cubs rookie Jorge Soler doubled and singled in his second major league game and drove in a run. He homered and singled in his debut on Wednesday.
Dylan Axelrod (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings and struck out eight.
The Cubs managed just two hits against Axelrod. The Cubsscored twice in the ninth.
The Cubs made two errors one of which led to an unearned run.
“The last couple of games have been a little rough for us,” Renteria said. “We have to play clean baseball. Axelrod mixed up his pitches and kept us off-balance.”
Indians 3, White Sox 2: at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a victory over the White Sox on Thursday night.
Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each singled in a run for the Indians, who have won four of five and 11 of 16 overall to remain in the hunt for an AL wild card.
Alexei Ramirez had two hits for the Sox, and John Danks (9-9) pitched six solid innings.
Carrasco (6-4) improved to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.73 ERA in four starts since he returned to the rotation.
The right-hander also began the year as a starter, but then lost three of his first four outings.
He struck out seven in 62/3 innings while holding the Sox to one run and four hits.
The Sox closed to 3-2 on Adam Dunn’s RBI single in the eighth against Cody Allen, who struck out the next four batters for his 18th save in 19 attempts.
Carrasco retired 12 consecutive batters before Tyler Flowers singled with two outs in the seventh. He improved to 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight career games against the White Sox.
White Sox rookie Jose Abreu hit a run-scoring single in the third, tying it at 1. It ran his total for the season to 97 RBIs, tied with Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead.