Seiya Suzuki scored the only run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on the back of a complete-game shutout by starter Marcus Stroman on Monday.

The right-hander was near-perfect against the best team in the majors, striking out eight with just one hit, a walk and a hit batsman.

He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Wrigley Field before Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco led off with a single.

The Cubs' lone run came in the fourth inning when Suzuki scored on Mike Tauchman's sacrifice fly.

The Japanese outfielder reached base with his first hit in three games, a ground-ball single, went to second on a throwing error and took third on a fly out.

"That (single) ordinarily would've been a ground-out to third, so I'm not that satisfied," said Suzuki, who lauded Stroman for his standout performance. "Stroman really gave his all today. I would have liked to make things a little easier for him, but I'm really glad we won."

Suzuki finished 1-for-3 as the 23-30 Cubs snapped a four-game skid.