May 19, 2008
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox lefty and former Augusta GreenJacket, Jon Lester has thrown the first no-hitter in the majors this season, doing it in tonight's 7-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Lester struck out nine and walked just two in the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history.
Jacoby Ellsbury helped preserve the no-hitter with a diving catch in the outfield to end the fourth inning.
Lester walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth before Tony Pena Junior ground to third for the first out of the inning. David DeJesus grounded out to first before Alberto Callaspo struck out to end the game.
Lester had never thrown a major league complete game before. It comes less than two years after he was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymph system.
Boston's previous no-hitter was only 8 1-2 months ago, when Clay Buchholz did it in a 10-0 rout of Baltimore last September 1st at Fenway Park. The Royals have been no-hit just one other time, by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan on May 15th, 1973.
Lester pitched for the GreenJackets in 2003.