Cardinals shutout Cubs

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CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Monday night despite Jon Lester taking a no-hitter into the seventh.

Signed to a six-year, $155 million deal over the offseason, Lester (4-7) remained winless in nine straight starts since beating Pittsburgh on May 16. He allowed two hits and two unearned runs while striking out eight for Chicago.

Lester’s bid for his second career no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when Kris Bryant couldn’t handle Jhonny Peralta’s sharp grounder in back of third base.

The Chicago defense then let Lester down when Bryant’s throw to second on a Jason Heyward grounder went into right field. That was followed by Yadier Molina’s run-scoring sacrifice fly to right, and Kolten Wong’s RBI single to left that put St. Louis ahead 2-0.

 

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