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Lester hit hard again as Padres beat Cubs 10-6
Monday Aug 06, 2018 12:00am

Lester hit hard again as Padres beat Cubs 10-6
(CHICAGO) – Jon Lester offered no clues. When it comes to his mid-summer swoon, there's only one thing for the veteran left-hander to do: try to figure it out and keep grinding. Lester was hit hard again and the San Diego Padres also battered Chicago's bullpen on their way to a 10-6 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. Lester was tagged for five runs and eight hits in five innings. The All-Star left-hander was 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA after beating the Dodgers on June 26, but has a 6.81 ERA in seven starts since that win in Los Angeles. Cory Spangenberg put San Diego ahead to stay with a tiebreaking double off Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) with two outs in the eighth inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and Travis Jankowski added a two-run single in the Padres' four-run ninth against Randy Rosario. Renfroe finished with three RBI, helping the last-place Padres salvage a split of the four-game series after they blew a 5-1 lead on Sunday. Craig Stammen (5-1) got the win for San Diego despite allowing pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo's tying single. One of the biggest problems for Lester has been the long ball, and it hurt him again on Sunday. Freddy Galvis golfed a leadoff drive just over the wall in left in the second, and Franmil Reyes opened the fourth with a massive shot to center. Javier Baez hit his career best 24th homer and an RBI double for Chicago, which won five of seven in the season series against San Diego. Ben Zobrist added two hits after beginning the game on the bench, including his eighth homer.

Atlanta 5 – NY Mets 4 (10 innings)
Washington 2 – Cincinnati 1
Philadelphia 5 – Miami 3
St. Louis 2 – Pittsburgh 1
Colorado 5 – Milwaukee 4 (11 innings)
San Francisco 3 – Arizona 2

LA Dodgers 3 – Houston 2

Javier Baez (file photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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