John Lackey Outduels Jon Lester In Battle Of Former Red Sox Pitchers (Videos)

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey

Photo via St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of game one of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Jon Lester and John Lackey know each other quite well from their days with the Boston Red Sox. However, their meeting Friday night was not a friendly reunion.

The two starting pitchers were all business as they faced off in Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Both pitchers looked impressive, but Lackey and the Cardinals ultimately came away with the 4-0 win.

Lackey allowed two hits and zero runs while striking out five over 7 1/3 innings. Lester surrendered three earned runs, but he kept the game close. He allowed five hits while striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals had a slim 1-0 lead heading into the eighth, but a pair of home runs by Thomas Pham and Stephen Piscotty helped secure the victory.

Game 2 will take place at 5:37 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Thumbnail photo via Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images

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