Jon Lester likely headed to DL after leaving Thursday's game

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This is actually the second time the Chicago Cubs ace has allowed nine or more runs in an inning.

While this time he had an excuse, the outing was reminiscent of one in July, when he gave up 10 runs, four earned, without making it out of the first inning at home against the Pirates.

Over 35 games (eight starts) this season, Montgomery has compiled a 3-6 record while twirling a 3.64 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 18.9 strikeout percentage across 96 1/3 innings.

The Cubs are now saying that Lester will miss 1-2 starts.

Starter Jon Lester didn't last past the second inning, giving up seven earned runs.

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Lester and the Chicago Cubs are used to much more success than they've experienced this season.

"There's no minimum or maximum, just that it's a 10-day stay and then we'll figure it out", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday of Lester's return.

Although he didn't show any physical signs of pain, Lester was scheduled to see the team physician after the game to determine the severity of damage to the large muscle that extends up from the back into the shoulder area. He signed a six-year, $155 million deal before the 2015 season. The NL Central is a tight race right now and Lester's under-performance and injury could be a major factor.

The Cubs are now clinging to a slim lead in the NL Central, with the Brewers one game back and the Cardinals 1 1/2 games off the pace.