Red Sox P Jon Lester loses perfect game, no-hitter in 6th inning

Brian Kersey

Jon Lester's bid for history fell apart a half-inning after White Sox ace Chris Sale lost his own no-hitter.

Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester lost a potential perfect game in the sixth inning Thursday against the White Sox, giving up a single to Tyler Flowers after retiring 16 straight batters.

Lester was making a serious bid for his first career perfect game to go with the one no-hitter already under his belt. However, Flowers' infield hit spoiled that, and Lester lost the shutout two batters later on another infield single, this time off the bat of Adam Eaton.

White Sox starter Chris Sale had a no-hitter of his own going through 5⅔ innings before surrendering a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts. That ruined the chance of seeing the first nine-inning double no-hitter since Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney accomplished the feat on May 2, 1917.

The Thursday night contest is the rubber match of a three-game set between the different-colored Sox. Boston lost the first game of the series, and four of five overall, before beating Chicago in 14 innings on Wednesday.

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