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 …
Tigers 4, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)