ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Lester lost his bid for a no-hitter in the eighth inning — a try revived by an official scorer’s reversal — but ended the longest winless streak of his career as the Chicago Cubs shut out the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, on Saturday night.
A chopper in the first inning by Atlanta’s Nick Markakis was originally ruled a hit, then the scorer changed it in the top of the seventh to an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.READ MORE: Lollapalooza Now Requiring Masks In Tents And Indoors For All Attendees
A.J. Pierzynski, Lester’s batterymate in Boston last year, led off the eighth with a line-drive single to right field for Atlanta’s first hit. With one out, Andrelton Simmons’ single up the middle chased Lester.
Lester (5-8) had gone 10 starts without a win. The lefty pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 2008 against Kansas City.READ MORE: Sprinkler System Floods Skokie Apartment Building While Dousing A Fire
The Cubs had lost eight straight at Turner Field dating to 2012.
Manny Banuelos (1-1) took the loss.MORE NEWS: 4 People Shot When Gunman Opens Fire At Crowd In Jackson Park
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