LOS ANGELES – Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.
Arrieta (17-6) struck out a season-high 12 and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks.
Astros righthander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21. Never before had Los Angeles been no-hit twice in one season.
Arrieta got the benefit of a close call for the official scorer in the third inning, when Kike Hernandez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Starlin Castro.
Hernandez hit a one-hopper at Castro, who tried to play it on the short hop. The ball bounced off him and rolled away, allowing Hernandez to reach first.
The play was ruled an error but probably could have gone either way.
"I thought it was a hit," Arrieta said. "Tough play. Hernandez hit it well."
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.
"Lights-out defense," Arrieta said.
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 off his gem.
With his 116th pitch, Arrieta fanned Utley on a breaking ball to end it.
Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Alex Wood for the only runs of the game.
"It went by so quick, really," said Arrieta, who became the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano on Sept. 14, 2008, against Houston in a game that was moved to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike.
Arrieta finished August with a 6-0 record (and an ERA of 0.43), becoming the first Cubs pitcher with that many wins in the month since Rick Sutcliffe in 1984.
Last year, Arrieta became the first Cubs pitcher since 1950 to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning three times in one season.