Kyle Schwarber hits Allegheny shot, Cubs up early in NL Wild Card Game

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Now that’s how you quiet a rowdy crowd.

Kyle Schwarber hit a run-scoring double down the left field line in the top of the first inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead and then obliterated a ball into the Allegheny River in the top of the third inning to put Chicago up 3-0. Dexter Fowler had reached on a one-out single moments before. He also scored the Cubs’ first run after a single to center and a steal of second base.

That may be all the support that Jake Arrieta needs in this loser-goes-home National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Arrieta has six strikeouts through three scoreless innings. He has allowed just one hit.

The 2015 Cy Young Award candidate has given up three runs just twice in his last 20 starts.