PITTSBURGH -- The wins that were once seemingly automatic for Jake Arrieta have become scarce, when the Chicago Cubs ace faces a team he usually dominates.Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including an RBI single during a decisive four-run seventh inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a rare victory over the Cubs and Arrieta, 8-4 on Friday night.Arrieta (12-4) gave up six runs and nine hits in six-plus innings while striking out six and walking one in losing for the third time in his last four outings. He had beaten the Pirates in all three previous starts this season and entered with a 9-1 career record against them.There are some positives there but giving six runs, especially the ones in the seventh, is my takeaway -- not to put the nail in the coffin and maybe pitch into the eighth inning, Arrieta said. I let it get away.Arrieta had a 20-game winning streak form July 25, 2015-May, 2016. However, he has struggled recently, allowing 15 runs in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts.Im good, Arrieta said when asked about his confidence level. Im good. Its not ideal but I like what I do between starts. My stuffs fine. Ive just got to pitch better.John Jasos RBI single tied the score at 4-4 and chased Arrieta in the seventh.Josh Bell, who had hit a pinch-hit single in his first major league at bat, then scored the go-ahead run from second base when first baseman Anthony Rizzo fielded Gregory Polancos ground ball and threw wildly to reliever Travis Wood, who was covering first base, for an error.McCutchen followed with his RBI single and Starling Marte drove in the innings final run with a grounder. McCutchen, who finished in the top five of the NL MVP voting each of the past four seasons, raised his batting average to .244, still a career low.Pittsburgh beat Chicago for just the second time 10 meetings this season. The Pirates won for the eighth time in nine games to pull to 7 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs, the closest they have been since June 1. Chicago has lost eight of nine.The thing about him is he gives you opportunities, McCutchen said of Arrieta. Weve had plenty of opportunities. There have been maybe a handful of times when hes faced us and hes been lights out. Today, we were able to come through in those opportunities that we got more times than not. We were getting those big hits.Rizzos solo home run, his 21st, off Neftali Feliz (3-0) gave the Cubs a short-lived 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Miguel Monteros fifth homer, a two-run blast in the sixth off Juan Nicasio, pulled Chicago into a tie.Mark Melancon, the sixth Pittsburgh pitcher, got the final out for his 27th save in 28 opportunities.David Freese had a solo home run, his 10th, off Arrieta and Sean Rodriguez added a two-run shot in the second inning, his eighth, as the Pirates took a 3-0 lead.Jason Heyward tripled and scored the Cubs first run in the fourth on a grounder by Javier Baez.Pirates starter Francisco Liriano went five-plus innings and allowing two runs and three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.The Pirates scored the games final run in the eighth inning on Trevor Cahills wild pitch.TRAINERS ROOMCubs: CF Dexter Fowler (strained right hamstring) began a two-game rehab assignment Friday night at Class-A South Bend, going 0 for 2 with two walks. The Cubs will determine Saturday night whether he will be able to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at San Diego after he was voted to the NL starting lineup by the fans.Pirates: Polanco (strained left hamstring) left for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. ... RHP Gerrit Cole (strained right triceps) and RHP Ryan Vogelsong (facial fractures) are scheduled to make five-inning rehab starts Sunday -- Cole for Triple-A Indianapolis and Vogelsong for Double-A Altoona. ... C Francisco Cervelli (broken left hand), who has also been on the DL since June 11, will be evaluated Sunday and could begin a rehab assignment Friday following the four-day All-Star break.ROOKIE SHUFFLEBell was recalled from Indianapolis before the game and the switch-hitting 23-year-old first baseman will be used off the bench during the three-game series. RHP Tyler Glasnow was optioned to Indianapolis a day after making his debut against at St. Louis. 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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano put everything on the table this week.With a team still struggling to start fast, still struggling to protect Andrew Luck, still piecing together a defense that can live up to Paganos standards and still chasing their second win, he doesnt really have a choice.Something must change Sunday against Chicago, and it could begin to give Indys offense a whole new look.Its something that well continue to have dialogue about and with and talk about it as a staff, he said when asked about starting the game in the no-huddle.Pagano, of course, would prefer to keep the Bears (1-3) guessing all week, rather than dropping hints about any potential changes.Even if it is merely gamesmanship, its certainly time to contemplate making a switch.Indy has already been outscored 64-35 in the first half, while outscoring opponents 51-39 in the fourth quarter when they have largely been using the hurry-up offense to try and rally.The numbers, and Lucks 15 come-from-behind wins, have created a perception among fans that the Colts offense does its best work when Luck cranks up the pace and makes decisions on the fly.Luck isnt so sure.A lot of those up-tempos have been when were down big and maybe the defense is a little more soft, in a sense, he said after Wednesdays practice.But I dont think weve only been successful running the hurry-up offense. I think we can be successful with whatever is called.Indy (1-3) has had trouble executing the simplest plays this season, though.Last weekend, a wide-open Josh Ferguson dropped a screen pass that would have kept the Colts opening possession alive. Instead, Indy wound up punting.On the Colts next series, Dwayne Allen dropped a pass that would have taken Indianapolis inside Jacksonville territory. On the next play, Lucks batted ball was intercepted and set up the Jaguars first touchdown.The miscues have caused so much consternation among fans that theyre clamoring for the team to try something, anything to get Indy out of this early funk and a growing chorus is urging the Colts to use more no-huddle.Players think the fans have a point.It gives us a lot of advantages, receiver T.Y. Hilton said Wednesday. We can get the deefense tired, it helps the offensive line (protect).dddddddddddd If we go to it, we should be good with it. I like it.Making a switch comes with some real risks.Pagano has always preferred a balanced attack that includes a power ground game, a feature that could easily get lost when playing fast.Plus, with the Colts averaging 4.13 yards per first-down play, the second-lowest average in the league, failing to consistently pick up first downs could force the defense to stay on the field longer. Its a real concern for a team that has sabotaged itself with drops, penalties and sacks allowed.Its execution, its finishing a drive, its getting points, Luck said. Whatevers called, we just have to execute it better.But if throwing a change-up at the Bears prevents Indy from falling into another early deficit, enduring another bad first half or dealing with another loss, then Pagano could make the perfect pitch.Weve got to be better, he said. If youre 4-0, youve probably got the same problems going on, but nobodys talking about it. When youre 1-3, come on, what else are you going to talk about, your great record? Lets keep it real.Game notes After releasing starting inside linebacker Sio Moore on Tuesday, Pagano said he expected veteran Josh McNary and rookie Antonio Morrison to play the bulk of the snaps. Moore was the Colts leading tackler. ... Cornerback Darius Butler (hamstring), right tackle Joe Reitz (back) and right guard Denzelle Good (back) all did limited work at practice Wednesday. Running back Frank Gore (chest) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (chest) did not practice. ... Backup offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison will not play Sunday after having an appendectomy last week. Pagano is hoping Harrison will return next week. ... DT Art Jones spoke to reporters for the first time in a month and said hell be ready to play as soon as the team clears him. 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