CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs newcomer Jon Lester made a nifty play with his glove but lost again as the San Diego Padres beat Chicago 5-2 Sunday.
Lester (0-2), who signed a $155 million, six-year contract in the offseason as a free agent, has a 6.89 ERA after three starts.
Lester gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He alertly tossed his glove — with the ball stuck in the webbing — to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an out after fielding Clint Barmes’ comeback in the second.
Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte hit two-run homers to help Andrew Cashner (1-2).
Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save. Padres closer Craig Kimbrel got the day off after pitching the previous two days.
Kris Bryant, who made his major league debut on Friday, doubled and was hit by a pitch in going 1 for 3. He is 3 for 10 in three games for the Cubs.