Jon Lester allowed nine hits but yielded only one earned run Saturday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs defeated the visiting Pirates by a score of 4-1.
That’s now six straight victories for Chicago — the longest current winning streak in the major leagues.
Lester was a little shaky in his four starts with the Cubs, but the $155 million left-hander has found a groove as the weather has begun to warm. Since the first of May, Lester owns a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings.
Anthony Rizzo, meanwhile, continues to emerge as one of the very best hitters in baseball. He went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and an RBI on Saturday afternoon, and the 25-year-old first baseman is now batting .349/.469/.612 over 161 plate appearances.
With the Cardinals losing Saturday to the Tigers, the Cubs are only three games back of first place.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Braves 5, Marlins 3
Rays 4, Twins 6
Tigers 4, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)
Pirates 1, Cubs 4
Angels 6, Orioles 1
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 7
Yankees 5, Royals 1
Giants 11, Reds 2
Blue Jays 5, Astros 6
Brewers 1, Mets 14
Indians 10, Rangers 8
Nationals 4, Padres 1
White Sox 4, Athletics 3
Red Sox 4, Mariners 2
Rockies 7, Dodgers 1
Check out this montage of all 18 of Corey Kluber’s strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals …
Kluber was lifted after eight innings of scoreless, zero-walk, one-hit ball with a pitch count of 113. He registered the highest Game Score for an eight-inning outing in the history of Major League Baseball.
Watch as Indians manager Terry Francona discusses Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout outing …
Francona was ejected in the top of the fourth, so he got to watch the final four innings of Kluber’s historically-great performance against the Cardinals from a comfortable chair in his office.
Citizens Bank Park — home of the Philadelphia Phillies — is only around eight miles from the location of Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment that killed seven and injured hundreds of others. A moment of silence was held before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and the visiting Pirates …
Philly got a dominant start from Cole Hamels and went on to beat the Bucs by a score of 3-2.