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MILWAUKEE — Jon Lester has accomplished so much in his 16-year career in the big leagues, it almost starts to feel like there’s not much left for him to do. But as he opened up the four-game set between St. Louis and Milwaukee at American Family Field on Monday night, one enormous milestone still sat right in front of him.
Lester has said that getting his 200th win wasn’t as important to him as making sure the Cardinals got another win for their playoff push, but in the 5-2 Redbirds victory — one that puts St. Louis no fewer than three games ahead of the Reds for the second National League Wild Card spot — Lester made sure it was mission accomplished for both.
Lester allowed just two earned runs and three hits over six strong innings, keeping Milwaukee at bay as St. Louis slowly built a lead in the last half of the game. Had it not been for a couple of mighty swings from Brewers right fielder Avisaíl García and third baseman Luis Urías in the bottom of the second, Lester’s first scoreless start with the Cardinals wouldn’t have been out of the question.
Instead, Lester settled for his third consecutive quality start and his sixth outing in a row allowing two or fewer earned runs, moving him to 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA since being acquired from the Nationals at the Trade Deadline.