The Cubs snapped a couple of longstanding streaks Saturday.
With their 3-0 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in front of 37,874 fans at Wrigley Field, the Cubs picked up their first three-game winning streak since July 26-28 of last season. It was also the first series victory since early September of last year, a stretch of 14 straight series.
Jake Arrieta returned to the starting rotation after a shoulder injury delayed his debut and settled in nicely after a rocky start. The 28-year-old righty threw 82 pitches in 5.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Anthony Rizzo and Junior Lake provided the offense with a home run each. Lake's two-run shot in the sixth opened the scoring and Rizzo's solo blast to lead off the 7th was his third straight game with a homer.
In those last three games, Rizzo is 4-for-7 with six walks, six runs, six RBI on top of the three homers.
Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 on the afternoon with a single, double and run scored. He is now hitting .429 with three doubles, two homers and five RBI in seven games since moving to the cleanup spot in the Cubs lineup.
The Cubs go for a series sweep against the Cardinals Sunday night in a nationally-televised game on ESPN.