BALTIMORE – Jake Arrieta left to a standing ovation from a large contingent of blue-clad Cubs fans. He rarely received such a reception when he played for the Baltimore Orioles.
Making his first appearance at Camden Yards since he was traded by Baltimore four years ago, Arrieta settled down after a wild start to hold the Orioles to four hits over 62⁄3 innings and lead the Cubs to a 10-3 win Saturday night.
“Playing here in Camden Yards, it’s one of the most beautiful parks in all of baseball,” Arrieta said. “It was just really cool, it really was. The fans were gracious. I learned a lot, and I’m able to be the player I am today because of what I went through while I was in the organization.”
Addison Russell homered for the second straight game, and Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo also went deep for the Cubs, who hit eight homers in winning the first two games of the series.
“We really swung the bats well and Jake pitched really good tonight, and that was a large part of tonight’s game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The fact that he kept them in check while we opened up our lead, that’s a nice formula.”
Arrieta (9-7) walked three in the first two innings, then retired 11 of 12 batters before Caleb Joseph’s solo home run in the fifth. Arrieta allowed two runs – one earned – with three strikeouts and three walks over 62⁄3 innings.
Arrieta was 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 appearances with Baltimore and is 63-28 with a 2.76 ERA in 117 starts for the Cubs. He had faced the Orioles just once before, winning at Wrigley Field on Aug. 22, 2014.
“He by far probably had some of the nastiest stuff as a starter,” Joseph said of Arrieta.
The Cubs have won five straight against Baltimore dating to 2014.
Wade Miley (4-8) gave up seven runs, nine hits and four walks in 42⁄3 innings. He had been 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts against the Cubs.
Almora homered leading off the third, and the Cubs boosted the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on Russell’s homer and Almora’s RBI single.
After Russell was intentionally walked to load the bases in the fifth, Jason Heyward chased Miley with a two-run triple and scored on Javier Baez’s single off Miguel Castro for a 7-0 lead.
Willson Contreras had three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth, and Rizzo homered in the eighth. Baez also had three hits.