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NL West-leading Dodgers no-hit again in 2-0 loss to Cubs; 2nd-place Giants on way to LA

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LOS ANGELES — This isn't how the Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to go into a crucial three-game series against the second-place Giants.

The NL West leaders were held hitless for the second time in 10 days, losing 2-0 to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night. Los Angeles' five-game winning streak was snapped just before San Francisco arrives Monday.

Still, slugger Adrian Gonzalez found solace in the Dodgers taking two of three from the Cubs.

"We won the series," he said. "That's what we preach."

Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season, striking out a season-high 12. He walked one and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks.

Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21 in Houston. Never before had Los Angeles been no-hit twice in one season.

"It's baseball," Gonzalez said. "Things are going to happen. You can't explain it."

The Dodgers became the first team to go hitless twice in one month since the Cincinnati Reds in June 1971.

Next up are the Giants, who trail the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games but have beaten them nine times in 12 meetings this season.

"We can create a lot of distance or lose a lot of ground," outfielder Andre Ethier said earlier in the week. "That series is the most important of the year. We don't want it to come down to the last one when we have to go up there."

Arrieta (17-6) got the benefit of a close call by official scorer Jerry White in the third inning, when Kike Hernandez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Starlin Castro.

"I asked five of their players when they reached base and they all said it was a hit," Gonzalez said.

Hernandez hit a one-hopper at Castro, who tried to play it on an in-between hop. The ball bounced off him and rolled away, allowing Hernandez to reach first.

PHOTO: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Kike Hernandez can't reach a ball hit for a single by Chicago Cubs' Chris Denorfia during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Kike Hernandez can't reach a ball hit for a single by Chicago Cubs' Chris Denorfia during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

"If he stays down on the ball, he makes the play," White said. "He came up thinking the ball was coming up. The ball was hit right at him and he didn't have to move to make the play."

Hernandez was sacrificed to second before Arrieta struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the inning.

"I knew if we didn't get another hit they weren't going to change it," Hernandez said. "He overmatched us tonight and they gave him the benefit of the doubt."

Carl Crawford nearly broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh, but Castro caught Crawford's line drive up the middle with a running grab.

The crowd of 46,679 cheered as Arrieta struck out all three batters in the ninth: Justin Turner, Rollins and Chase Utley. Those were the same three hitters — in a different order — that Fiers retired to finish his gem.

With his 116th pitch, Arrieta fanned Utley on a breaking ball to end it. The 29-year-old pitcher was mobbed by teammates near the mound, and they jumped their way in a huddle over to near the Cubs' dugout where they high-fived Arrieta.

Arrieta helped the Cubs snap a four-game skid on the last night of their six-game West Coast trip. He finished August with a 6-0 record, tying Boston's Joe Kelly as the only pitchers with that many wins in the month.

Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Alex Wood. The Cubs had 13 hits and ended the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.

Wood (9-9) gave up eight hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

"I thought overall it was the best my stuff's been," Wood said. "Make one bad pitch to Kris Bryant and it bites you in the butt."

NO-HIT HISTORY

The Dodgers were no-hit for the 18th time in franchise history. It was just the third time an opposing pitcher threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, with Atlanta's Kent Mercker the previous one to do so on April 8, 1994.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.11 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field against Cincinnati. He is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts this season against the Reds, but has a 1.50 ERA in two starts against them at home.

Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36) takes the mound for the opener against the Giants. He leads the majors with a 66.9 groundball percentage, inducing 307 grounders this season. His 147 1-3 innings and 25 starts are the second-highest totals of his career.

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