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Lester gets first career hit, hasn't allowed one

Cubs lefty Jon Lester, who recorded his first major league hit against the best-in-baseball Cardinals, has a no-hitter through six.

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Watch: Cubs miss huge chance

All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant started off the bottom of the 6th with back-to-back singles off Cards RHP John Lackey, but after Miguel Montero struck out, Starlin Castro hit into a DP to end the inning. It's scoreless through 6. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Sale likely not reaching double-digit K's

White Sox SP Chris Sale has struck out 5 batters through 8 IP and is trailing 2-1 to the Blue Jays after giving up homers to Chris Colabello and Josh Donaldson. He'll need a lot of help if he's to get his record 9th straight game with at least 10 K's. Follow live

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Manny Parra tosses a 1-2-3 inning. We'll head to the 8th inning in DC all knotted up at 2. Pena will lead it off for the #Reds

Watch: Lester rolling, but rain is coming

Cubs LHP Jon Lester has allowed no hits vs. the Cardinals through 6 IP, but it's begun to rain at Wrigley. John Lackey is also dealing, giving up 3 hits and 0 runs as it remains scoreless in the 6th. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Reds go ahead, then Nats tie it up

After Reds SS Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 6th, Nationals 3B Danny Espinosa evened it up again at 2-2 with a solo shot to right in the bottom half of the inning. Follow live

Watch: Jon Lester dealing at Wrigley

The Cubs LHP hasn't given up a hit through 5 vs. the Cardinals, and his only baserunner was a Matt Carpenter walk in the 1st inning. Chicago is looking to get on the board in the bottom of the 5th. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


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Chris Sale 61 pitches, 41 strikes through five innings. Mark Buehrle 61 pitches, 41 strikes through five innings.

Sale with just 4 whiffs through 5

Chris Sale will have some work to do if he is to reach double-digit strikeouts for a record 9th straight game. He has just 4 strikeouts through 5 innings, as the White Sox and Blue Jays are tied at 1. Follow live


Jon Lester finally breaks his 0-for-life

Check out Lester's first MLB hit -- a solid, infield single. He was 0-for-71 in the regular season and postseason combined. The Cubs and Cards are scoreless in the 4th.


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If you missed it, Lester did one of those 'looks up into the sky pointing things' acting like he's been there before.

Watch: Scoreless through 2 in Chicago

Cubs LHP Jon Lester sent the Cardinals down in order in the top of the 2nd, and then he got his first career hit -- breaking an 0-for-66 regular-season drought -- to load the bases, but Addison Russell struck out to leave them stranded. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Johnson powering Braves to lead

Kelly Johnson, who had just 3 RBIs in his past 10 games, has matched that total through 2 innings in Milwaukee. Atlanta's 1B had a 2-run homer in the 1st and an RBI single in the 2nd to give the Braves a 4-1 advantage. Follow live


No Clayton Kershaw in the All-Star Game?

The reigning NL Cy Young winner and NL MVP was selected as one of five players for the "Final Vote," so he could still be named to the team. Said Kershaw: "I wasn't expecting it. ... I had no expectations one way or the other."

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