CHICAGO -- AP -- Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his third straight dominant start, and the major league-leading Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Thursday night.

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Darvish allowed just one hit — Justin Smoak's towering solo homer to right field with one out in the seventh inning on his 98th pitch — before being relieved by Casey Sadler to start the eighth. The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan struck out 11 and threw 104 pitches. Before Smoak's drive, Darvish allowed only three baserunners. Kyle Schwarber homered in the second and Chicago improved to 13-3 for the first time since 1907.

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