FILE - In this March 29, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta throws against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training baseball game in Mesa, Ariz. Arrieta says it is "flattering" that "some of the best players in the game" are spreadi
Matt York, File
April 28, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta's bid to become the second pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters has ended with a broken-bat single on his fifth pitch.

The bat of Milwaukee's Jonathan Villar shattered as he blooped an opposite-field liner over third base on a 2-2 sinker leading off Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer is the only big leaguer to pitch no-hitters in consecutive starts, beating the Boston Braves and Brooklyn in June 1938.

Arrieta started a week after his 119-pitch no-hitter at Cincinnati thanks to an off day in the Cubs' schedule and Wednesday night's rainout. It was his second no-hitter in 11 regular-season starts amid a stretch in which he was 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA in 24 starts.

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