CINCINNATI -- The last time Jake Arrieta was on the mound at Great American Ball Park, he made history. On Monday night, the Cincinnati Reds will be looking to make sure history doesn't repeat itself for the Chicago Cubs ace.
On April 21, Arrieta pitched his second career no-hitter in a 16-0 victory over the Reds. Manager Bryan Price said his club is motivated for a rematch.
"Anyone with any pride at all would like to face him again," Price said. "We're champing at the bit to get another opportunity to beat him."
Arrieta, who will be opposed by right-hander Dan Straily in Monday's opener of a three-game series, has been dominant in night games.
Including his no-hitter in April, Arrieta has a major-league-leading 0.24 ERA at night, and dating to last July 19, he is 14-0 with a 0.51 ERA in 17 starts under the lights.
Since his 20-game winning streak was snapped on May 25, Arrieta hasn't been quite as sensational as he had been over the past season and a half.
In four June starts, Arrieta is 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA, still pretty good. But that won't stop the right-hander from making some adjustments heading into Monday's start.
"It's a game of adjustments," Arrieta told MLB.com. "I have to take it in stride and learn from it and go back to work tomorrow and combat the things teams have done against me recently. It's an easy fix. I think the byproduct will be very positive."
In six career starts against Cincinnati, Arrieta is 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA.
"We've had some games where we've made things tough for him," Price said.
The Cubs, who are 6-1 this season against Cincinnati, have won the past three series against the Reds and nine of the previous 10. In April, the Cubs swept Cincinnati in a three-game series for the first time since 2014.
Straily is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs. In his last outing against them, he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and failed to get the victory in a 13-5 Reds' win.
Cincinnati has lost four of its past five games, but avoided a four-game sweep with a 3-0 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon.
The first-place Cubs head to the Queen City reeling a bit. They have lost six of seven after dropping two of three to the Marlins in Miami. Chicago (48-26) still is off to its best start in nearly a century.
Arrieta, who is making his 16th start of the season on Monday night, is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his past two starts at Great American Ball Park.
Overall, Arrieta is 11-2 with a 1.74 ERA this season, despite his somewhat rocky June.
"I don't think he's getting it where he wants to all the time," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com "He has to get back to the fastball going where he wants to, and once he does, he'll be exactly the same as last year."