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Arrieta, Cubs top Rockies, 3-1

CHICAGO -- Rick Renteria was mildly surprised to learn Thursday that the Chicago Cubs will face only one left-handed starter when they travel to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers this weekend.

But that's because Renteria's focus has remained on beating the Colorado Rockies and winning this four-game series, as well as trying to cope with the potential trade of Emilio Bonifacio.

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw seven innings of three-hit ball as the Cubs won 3-1.

Arrieta threw 4 2/3 perfect innings until Wilin Rosario hit a shallow fly in center field that Junior Lake dived for, only to have the ball pop out of his glove for a hit.

The Cubs scored three runs in the sixth off left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Starlin Castro drew a bases-loaded walk, Justin Ruggiano followed with a sacrifice fly and Luis Valbuena grounded to short for the third run.

Hernandez is the fourth consecutive left-handed starter the Cubs have faced, and they're 2-1 in this series and 12-11 in games against left-handed starters.

"I know we were talking about facing a large number of lefties," Renteria said before the game.

After Thursday's game, the next time the Cubs will face a left-hander will be on Saturday night when they face Hyun-jin Ryu. They will not face Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw this weekend or Zack Greinke.

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