Jake Arrieta loses no-hitter in the seventh inning against the Pirates

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Update (9:59 PM EDT): Well, that didn’t take long. Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Gregory Polanco to start the seventh inning.

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been perfect against the Pirates through the first six innings of Sunday’s start at Wrigley Field, retiring all 18 batters he’s faced. The right-hander has struck out eight while throwing 75 pitches.

Arrieta helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run — his second of the year — in the second inning off of opposing starter A.J. Burnett.

We’ll keep you posted as Arrieta attempts to complete the final three innings in perfect fashion.

Arrieta is arguably the front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award. He entered Sunday’s start with a 20-6 record, a 1.88 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 220/48 K/BB ratio over 216 innings.