CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish is gradually regaining the dominant form that made him the Cubs' best starter in the second half of 2019.
Darvish pitched 6? innings of no-hit ball before settling for a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that improved the Cubs' major-league-best record to 13-3.
This marks the Cubs' best 16-game start since the 1907 team started 13-3. The Cubs have won their last seven home games and all seven of their series openers this season.
This was Darvish's best start of the season. He didn't allow a hit until Justin Smoak hit a towering homer over the right-field wall in the seventh.
With the aid of a sharp cut fastball and slider, Darvish struck out 11, walked two and hit a batter in a seven-inning, 104-pitch effort.
Darvish has allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out 22 and walking four in his last 20 innings covering three starts.
This was the closest Darvish came to throwing a no-hitter since April 2, 2013, when he pitched 8? perfect innings for the Texas Rangers before Marvin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros singled.
The Cubs rotation's ERA is down to 2.55, and the pitching staff as a whole has a 2.39 ERA at home.
Darvish's toughest competition from the start was plate umpire Jeremie Rehak, who seemed to disagree with Darvish's assessment of the strike zone.
Darvish turned his body three consecutive times on borderline pitches to Orlando Arcia that were called balls and led to a walk in the fifth.