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Jon Lester falls short of history

Pitcher misses out on 20-win season with big loss against White Sox

Updated: October 1, 2010, 2:27 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

CHICAGO -- Forty days and 40 nights had passed since Jon Lester last gave up a home run. He had made six starts since then, and won them all. One hundred eighty-two batters had come to the plate, and the Boston Red Sox left-hander had kept them all in the ballpark.

But on the night Lester was bidding to become a 20-game winner, an achievement for a pitcher that still carries cachet even in a stats-obsessed world that devalues wins as a measure of excellence, U.S. Cellular Field wasn't big ...

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