PITTSBURGH -- Cubs pitcher Jonathan Lester helped himself on Tuesday night, collecting his second career two-hit game.Lester singled in the fifth inning and hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth, driving in Jason Heyward, who had doubled, in the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. Lester
PITTSBURGH -- Cubs pitcher Jonathan Lester helped himself on Tuesday night, collecting his second career two-hit game.
Lester singled in the fifth inning and hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth, driving in Jason Heyward, who had doubled, in the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. Lester entered the game with two hits in 19 at-bats this season. He also got the win, striking out six batters and giving up four runs over six innings.
It marked Lester's second career two-hit game, his other coming on Aug. 1, 2017, against the D-backs. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has often maintained that Lester, who entered Tuesday with a career .087 batting average, is the best bunter on the team.
"It's part of me as a player now," Lester said about hitting. "In the American League, you take batting practice a week before the Interleague [games] and a big thing is, you can ask a lot of those managers -- I remember [Terry Francona] telling me when I was young, 'Don't get hurt.'"
Lester had zero hits in 34 at-bats in his nine seasons with the Red Sox. He's now 4-for-22 this season, his fourth in the National League, with three RBIs.
"You're not used to running bases, you're not used to swinging the bat [in the American League], and now it's important," Lester said. "You've got guys in scoring position and you better get a bunt down or have a quality at-bat. That's the biggest thing is just having a quality at-bat and not just giving them an out. You work on it."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.