OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Jon Lester pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Thursday night.
The All-Star left-hander struck out eight, walked two and only allowed two runners past first base in the 11th complete game of his career. He pitched out of two-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth but was otherwise stellar.
Lester was making second start since being acquired at the trade deadline as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox.
Stephen Vogt homered and Derek Norris hit an RBI double to help Oakland become the first team in the majors to reach 70 wins.
A’s manager Bob Melvin became the eighth active manager in the majors and 76th overall to reach 800 career victories.