#Cubs Lester gets 1st ML hit

Jon Lester’s long hitless nightmare is over.

The Cubs pitcher recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single off the Cardinals’ John Lackey in the second inning Monday night to end an 0-for-66 career hitless streak that began in 2006.

Lester smacked an 0-2 pitch literally off Lackey, his former Red Sox teammate, as the ball deflected off the pitcher and towards shortstop. Lester ran to first, and had a sheepish smile. The Cubs got the ball so he can have the souvenir.

The lefty, who is pitching in the National League for the first time in his career, also was unable to connect in the post season, and was 0-for-5 in the playoffs, so he now is 1-for-72.

— Carrie Muskat

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