Jon Lester Notches 200th Career Victory: ‘He’s Like John Wayne, Just Got That True Grit’

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BOSTON (CBS) — Veteran left-hander Jon Lester reached a major milestone on Monday, recording the 200th victory of his career.

The 37-year-old allowed two runs over six innings against the Brewers, leaving the game with a 3-2 lead before giving way to a bullpen that pitched three scoreless innings. The Cardinals tacked on a run in the seventh and one more in the eighth for the 5-2 victory.

“I don’t really know right now,” Lester said after the win when asked for his feelings on the accomplishment. “Obviously it’s a nice round number. It looks better than 199, I guess is kind of the obvious. But, I mean, I know the game has changed so much over the years, just with pitchers and going deep into games and getting W’s. I’ve seen analysts and stuff trying to take the W away from the starting pitcher and [saying] it doesn’t mean a lot. But I was brought up in this game that, your name is in that score box the next day, and it’s either going to have a W or an L next to it, and hopefully more times than not, it’s got those W’s. So, like I said, I don’t know right at this moment — I mean, it’s obviously awesome, and I’m kind of lacking words. But obviously very exciting.”

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