Fenway faithful appreciate Arrieta's outing
After seeing no-hitter snapped, righty gets standing ovation in Boston
BOSTON -- When Stephen Drew broke up Jake Arrieta's no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 2-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday night, the crowd at Fenway Park erupted.
Moments later, Red Sox fans got just as loud, if not louder. Arrieta exited to a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,814 after Drew's single, tipping his cap in appreciation as he headed toward the visiting dugout.
"Something like that in Fenway is pretty rare for an opposing team," Arrieta said. "I got some goose bumps there, and that's why you play the game is for moments like that. I'm very thankful to be a part of something like that and to get another win."
A visiting pitcher hasn't no-hit the Red Sox at Fenway since Jim Bunning did it for the Tigers in 1958. Boston hurlers have thrown five since and three since 2000. With that, and everything else that's happened in the park's 100-plus year existence, there's no shortage of an appreciation for history among fans.
"That was awesome," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We were all gathered on the mound, and I looked at all these guys and said, 'Look at this.' That's some kind of awesome. I tip my cap to everybody because that was some show of respect -- that was awesome."
Arrieta flirted with a no-hitter for the third time this month. He took one into the fifth on June 13 against the Phillies and a perfect game into the seventh against the Reds last Tuesday. On the season, he's 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts.
"You've got to tip to your hat to how good he was," Boston starter Jake Peavy said. "Our fans appreciate a good effort. That was more than a good effort -- it was a great effort from him."
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.