CHICAGO — Last season, Baltimore traded Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs.

On Friday, the Orioles got to see firsthand how nicely the right-hander has developed in the National League.

Arrieta (7-4) stifled his former team, striking out five and holding the Orioles to four hits over seven innings as Baltimore fell to the Cubs 4-1.

The loss snapped Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.

“Jake (Arrieta) was good today,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s in a good spot, we got quality in return and that’s the way things worked out.”

The Orioles traded Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop to Chicago in exchange for catcher Steve Clevenger and right-hander Scott Feldman. Clevenger was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in July, and Feldman signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Astros following the 2013 season.

“There was a little more to it, being your former team,” Arrieta said. “After the first inning, it was just kind of business as usual.”

Nelson Cruz supplied the only run charged to Arrieta, hitting his major league-leading 34th homer in the seventh. The 34 home runs are a career-high for Cruz.

“It’s not about me,” Cruz said. “It’s about the team. We lost, so whatever I did doesn’t matter.”


RAYS 8, JAYS 0: Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading Tampa Bay over struggling host Toronto.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also connected as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents with a comfortable win.

YANKEES 4, WHITE SOX 3: Martin Prado hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting New York to a victory at home.

Facing a full-count pitch from Daniel Webb (5-4) with the bases loaded, Prado lined a hit up the middle to complete the Yankees’ comeback from three runs for just their fourth win in 11 games.

ASTROS 5, INDIANS 1: Jon Singleton’s homer capped a four-run ninth inning and Houston Astros took advantage of host Cleveland’s sloppy defense to defeat the Indians.

ROYALS 6, RANGERS 3: Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers for the AL Central-leading Kansas City in a win at Texas.

The hard-throwing Ventura (10-9) allowed one run, four hits, and three walks.


PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 4: Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead host Philadelphia over St. Louis.

Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the NL in batting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315.

GIANTS 10, NATIONALS 3: Host Washington’s winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent San Francisco to a romp.

Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to center field.

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