Jake Odorizzi threw six shutout innings, and Yunel Escobar drove in three as the Tampa Bay Rays took their second straight victory over the Chicago Cubs with a 4-0 decision.
Both Odorizzi and Chicago starter Edwin Jackson went nearly pitch for pitch through the first three inning, but Jackson would falter in the fourth. He started by giving up a ground-rule double to Ben Zobrist to start the inning, and after a flyout by James Loney, Evan Longoria would double in Zobrist with a shot down the left field line. Matt Joyce struck out for the second out, and Escobar then plated Longoria with a single to right.
Zobrist would start Tampa Bay's next rally two innings later by drawing a leadoff walk from Jackson (6-12). A missed catch error by Javier Baez on a Longoria ground ball allowed all hands to be safe. A walk to Joyce would load the bases before Escobar's base hit up the middle brought in both Zobrist and Longoria to double the lead.
Odorizzi (8-9) cruised through the first four innings, striking out nine of the 12 hitters he retired, worked a strong fifth, but had some control issues in the sixth, giving up a two-out double to Baez before getting Anthony Rizzo to line into the shift to retire the side.
The righthander allowed just three hits while not walking a batter and striking out nine.
Kirby Yates worked two perfect innings of relief before Jake McGee allowed a pair of hits, but worked a scoreless ninth to end the game.
Tampa Bay can finish off the three-game sweep Sunday afternoon, as Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52 ERA) takes on left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA). First pitch from Wrigley Field is set for 2:20, with coverage beginning at noon with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.