Streaking no longer: Jake Arrieta’s quality start and home scoreless streaks ended on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta entered Thursday’s start against the Brewers looking not only to follow up last week’s no-hitter with another one, but to extend two personal streaks. He had thrown 24 consecutive quality starts (at least six innings and three or fewer runs allowed) and hadn’t allowed a run at home since the third inning on July 25 last season against the Phillies — the day Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter.

Arrieta was somewhat human on a damp Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The right-hander yielded an RBI double to Alex Presley in the fifth inning, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 5-1 at the time. It would be the only run Arrieta would allow in five innings. His home scoreless streak ended at 52 2/3 innings, the second-longest such streak since 1900. His quality start streak ended at 24, the third-longest since 1900. One streak did continue: Arrieta has now won his last 16 decisions.

The Cubs rode on to another victory, 7-2, improving to 16-5 on the season. They will finish off a brief homestand with three games against the lowly Braves starting on Friday.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.