Lester Hit Hard in 1st Outing as Cubs Lose to Mariners 10-8
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Lester gave up six runs in two innings during his first outing of 2016, and the Seattle Mariners beat Chicago 10-8 Thursday to extend the Cubs' losing streak to seven.
Beginning his second season in Chicago, Lester gave up hits to four of his first five batters and needed 50 pitches to get six outs. He allowed three earned runs and seven hits and also committed one of the Cubs' three errors.
Stefen Romero hit a two-run double in the first and scored on Adam Lind's double. Luis Sardinas and Romero hit RBI singles in the second, when Lester made a throwing error on a comebacker and shortstop Kristopher Negron misplayed Robinson Cano's grounder for a run-scoring error.
Seattle starter Wade Miley allowed three runs and four hits in three innings, including a second-inning homer by Jorge Soler, who had been 0 for 10.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Cubs.