BOSTON – Jake Arrieta certainly picked two of baseball’s most historic places to put on memorable performances.
Arrieta held the Red Sox hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 on Monday night in the opener of only the second series between the teams at Fenway Park since 1918.
Six days after losing a perfect game on a leadoff single in the seventh inning of his previous start at Wrigley Field against Cincinnati, Arrieta took his no-hit bid a little deeper at Fenway. He allowed only Mike Napoli’s fifth-inning walk before Drew lined a sharp single to right.
“It’s special to do it in this ballpark,” Arrieta said. “It was special to do it last week in Wrigley and to do it here in these two parks is pretty special.”
Starting the season on the disabled list with shoulder tightness, the 28-year old right-hander was pushing his pitch limit before Drew lined a 2-2 pitch.
Arrieta (5-1) was lifted by Cubs manager Rick Renteria immediately following the hit that came on his career-high 120th pitch.
Arrieta fanned 10 in just his 11th start of the season.
Drew’s hit ensured the Red Sox wouldn’t be no-hit for the first time since Chicago pitching coach Chris Bosio tossed a no-no against Boston in 1993 for Seattle.
Hector Rondon allowed a pinch-hit single to A.J. Pierzynski leading off the ninth before finishing the two-hitter for his 10th save.
Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer for Chicago.
Jake Peavy (1-7) is winless in his last 12 starts. He gave up two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven in six innings.
Dodgers 1, Indians 0
In Los Angeles, Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball over seven innings — a single that was awarded to Michael Bourn after a video review — and rookie Clint Robinson had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.
Padres 1, Reds 0
In San Diego, Everth Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored the game’s only run, and the Padres topped Cincinnati despite managing just one hit.
Tommy Medica’s single in the second was the only hit for the Padres, who got solid pitching behind rookie Jesse Hahn (4-1) and relievers to end Cincinnati’s season-high five-game winning streak.
Nationals 7, Rockies 3
In Washington, Adam LaRoche homered, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and Ian Desmond added two doubles and three RBIs batting seventh as the Nationals welcomed back Bryce Harper.
Harper, who missed 57 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb, went 1-for-3 with an RBI single — on Bryce Harper bobblehead night.
Braves 5, Mets 3
In Atlanta, three errors by New York fueled the Braves’ comeback as they scored four runs in the eighth inning en route to their fifth straight win.
Royals 6, Twins 1
In Minneapolis, Alcides Escobar tied a career high with four RBIs on two doubles and Salvador Perez homered to lift Kansas City to a victory over Minnesota.
Mariners 10, Astros 4
In Houston, Robinson Cano had a three-run shot in the seventh inning, one of Seattle’s season-high four homers in a win over the Astros.
Tigers 5, Athletics 4
In Detroit, Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth inning as the Tigers beat Oakland.
Rays 4, Yankees 3 (12)
In New York, Logan Forsythe hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th and Tampa Bay edged the Yankees after squandering a late lead.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in three at-bats and scored a run.
Orioles 7, Rangers 1
In Baltimore, Steve Pearce hit two of the Orioles’ four home runs off Joe Saunders and Ubaldo Jimenez ended a run of nine winless starts.
Angels at White Sox — ppd.