Jon Lester homers and strikes out 10 to lead Cubs in spring finale

MESA, Ariz. -- After finally collecting the first hit of his career last season, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester added a home run to his resume on Wednesday, albeit in a spring game against the Colorado Rockies.

Lester took a 3-1 pitch from Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg out to left field in the fourth inning for a 2-run home run. It was part of a 7-run inning in which Lester got another chance to bat, but he struck out with men on second and third.

Lester went 0 for his first 66 career at-bats until finally getting a hit last July off good friend and now teammate John Lackey. He finished the season 4-for-62 (.065).

"I feel a lot more comfortable this year with everything going on, being a different league and in different surroundings and all that stuff," Lester said. "I'm ahead of the curve a little bit where I was last year as far as picking up the bat. That was a cool thing and something you can put on the mantle. Hopefully we can get one during the season. That would mean a lot more."

Lester allowed only one hit and one walk to go along with 10 strikeouts, which included striking out the side in the third and fourth innings.

"We got some good work in today,'' he said. "The cutter was good, which is good because it means I am staying on my line.''

Wednesday's home run came in front of a sellout crowd of 15,108, putting the Cubs home total this spring at 226,163. That's an all-time spring record in baseball.