|2015 Regular Season|
Lester is 0-4 with a 4.43 ERA in seven games since his last victory. It's safe to say he's been a bust thus far in Chicago, going 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA, though his opponents' .332 BABIP suggests he's also been the victim of some bad luck.
Lester allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs ahead of a likely start against St. Louis.
Lester yielded just one run in seven innings and looked much better than his last two outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs in 9 1-3 innings.
Lester gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings and is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four games since his last victory.
Lester had given up seven earned runs in his past four starts before surrendering six Wednesday.
Lester, who matched a season best with 10 strikeouts, lowered his ERA to 3.30.
Lester entered the game against the Washington Nationals tied with the San Diego Padres' Joey Hamilton, who had also gone 57 career at-bats without a hit. He established the new mark by flying out to deep center field in the second inning.
Lester has now dropped two straight season openers.
Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract during the offseason, is not experiencing pain, according to manager Joe Maddon, and has gone through similar periods in previous spring trainings. Erick Jokisch will start in Lester's place Saturday against Seattle in Mesa.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.