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OAKLAND, Calif. -- NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta isnt quite satisfied hes recovered his dominant stuff after a pedestrian July.He didnt look far off Saturday. Arrieta pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to get his first victory in over a month and the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0.Really close, Arrieta said when asked if hes back to full strength.Arrieta (13-5) was 0-3 in his previous five starts and 1-4 since ending a 20-decision winning streak on June 22. He struck out four and walked one on 108 pitches.Emphasis (is) on sinking the ball down, middle down in the strike zone and forcing action early on, Arrieta said. Not worrying about strikeouts. Those will come in big situations. Maybe guy on third, a guy on second base, no outs, less than two, punchouts are more important. Im trying to get through the middle innings.The NL Central-leading Cubs have won five straight and 16 of 22, and they moved a season-best 27 games over .500 for a second time this season. They gave the As their seventh loss in eight games.Ben Zobrists two-out two-run single off former As teammate Sonny Gray broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third.Im watching them out there from the very first pitch ... theyre engaged, theyre present-tense, ready to go, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. The guys are very confident right now, and the pitching permits this all to happen. You cant get hot without good pitching and our starters have been fantastic.Were firing on all cylinders right now, Arrieta said. Does that mean we wont lose three in a row? Who knows? It doesnt matter to us. We want to come out tomorrow and keep the momentum on our side.Gray (5-11) left after five innings with soreness in the extensor muscle in his right forearm. He allowed two runs on five hits.He first felt the injury after striking out Dexter Fowler with a curveball in the top of the fourth.I was trying to go back out there for the sixth, Gray said. I told them after the fourth I had a little bit of an issue come up and when I went back out for the fifth it kind of felt the same.They kind of decided to shut it down there. I lobbied to go back out there. It obviously wasnt going to happen.The injury is the latest setback in a disastrous season for the 26-year-old right-hander, whos already been on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. Gray, a 2015 All-Star who last season finished third in AL Cy Young balloting, had the highest ERA in the majors (5.84) going into Saturday.Zobrist and Addison Russell had two hits each for the Cubs.ROSTER MOVEThe As sent LHP Dillon Overton to Triple-A Nashville and called up LHP Patrick Schuster. Overton had a 10.97 ERA and allowed 11 homers in five starts. Schuster was 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA and seven saves in 32 appearances (all in relief) at Nashville.BILLY-BALL COMMEMORATEDThe As commemorated the early 1980s Billy-Ball era with former players Rick Langford, Mike Heath, Dwayne Murphy, Mike Norris and Mike Davis attending a pregame ceremony and Billy Martin Jr. throwing the first pitch. Former broadcaster Roy Steele and professional cheerleader Krazy George also attended. The As wore vintage gold jerseys and the Cubs sported powder blue from the same era.TRAINERS ROOMCubs: RHP John Lackey will take RHP Jason Hammels next turn in the rotation on Tuesday. Hammel, whos been on the bereavement list since Aug. 5, will make his next start on Wednesday.Athletics: RHP Henderson Alvarez, sidelined since spring training recovering from shoulder surgery last summer, has started plyometric workouts ahead of a throwing program after a recent doctors appointment cleared him. ... LHP Sean Doolittle threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday. 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SEATTLE -- The Houston Astros playoff momentum was halted Sunday by a pitcher they had never faced -- and likely will have to face again.Ariel Miranda (5-1), a Cuban defector acquired by the Seattle Mariners in a July 31 trade with Baltimore, held the Astros to just three hits and two runs over his seven innings in Seattles 7-3 victory.Seth Smith powered up a pair of home runs and had four RBI in support as the Mariners moved ahead of the Astros in the congested wild-card race.Houston (78-71) is a half game behind both the Mariners (79-70) and Detroit in the race for the wild card spots.He (Miranda) has a good fastball and a good split finger-change thing that he throws, Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. Our guys hadnt seen a ton of him...he did a good job challenging us, just above the zone and we swung under today and hit a lot of pop-ups in the infield, a few balls to the outfield. A couple balls to the track that could have changed the game a little bit. He kept enticing us with fastballs.That enticement will continue in the final week of the season. The Mariners play another three-game set with he Astros in Houston, Sept. 26-28, and Miranda likely is on schedule to start that series final game.Mirandas seven innings was his longest outing in 10 starts with Seattle. He walked one and struck out eight.Heck of an outing, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Hes on a heck of a roll. We certainly needed it. Hes gained so much confidence. You can certainly can see it.Miranda has won all four of his starts in September. He said, through an interpreter, its been a dream of mine (to be in a playoff chase) but never been there. Its really great to get there. Im happy with the work Ive been doing and happy to help the team.Smith had a solo shot in the third and a three-run blast in the fourth, both on 3-1 pitches from Doug Fister (12-12), who went just 3 2/3 innings.I was just trying to attack with my sinker; he put a couple good swings on balls -- clearly, Fister said. I just didnt execute today, thats what it comes down to. Balls down, balls up, all over the place. I let my team down.Smith had been 0-for-10 in his career against Fister but the eight-year veteran had a plan.Guys know what theyre doing when theey are pitching and able to pitch to the corners, Smith said.dddddddddddd You try to take the close ones, try to get into a good hitters count when they come after you.Youre constantly learning, how to approach at-bats, knowing what kind of swing you have going into a game, knowing what the pitcher is trying to do to you, Smith said. Over the course of a career you kind of fit the pieces a little better together.RECORD WHIFFSWith Jandel Gustaves strikeout of Shawn OMalley in the sixth, the Astros staff established a club record for strikeouts with 1,283. Theyve done it without even a 200-strikeout pitcher. For the most part we have a few guys who can spin their breaking balls when they need to, manager A.J. Hinch said. and the changeup is a big component of our pitching staff.SLOW START; FAST FINISHNori Aoki, who was sent to the minors twice this season to work on his offense, has found his batting eye this month. Entering the game, he was hitting .387 in September, fifth best in the American League. He had been hitting .255 overall to start the month. For his career, he is a .324 hitting in September, fourth best among active players. He had two hits Sunday.TRAINERS ROOMMariners: 1B Adam Lind had not played since Sept. 12 with a sprained finger in his right hand but was back in the lineup Sunday, missing five games.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Brad Peacock (0-0, 2.70) will make his third start, seventh appearance, in his effort to win his first game since 2014. Last time ou, Sept. 13, he was solid, going six innings and allowing just three hits and one run in a 3-2 loss t

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