Red-hot Cardinals match franchise record with 14th straight victory

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The St. Louis Cardinals thumped the Chicago Cubs 12-4 to sweep Friday's doubleheader and tie their franchise-record winning streak of 14 in a row.

The Cardinals previously won 14 straight in 1935.

Outfielder Tyler O'Neill blasted his 31st home run of the year after hitting his 30th in the day game. Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, and Lars Nootbaar (twice) also went deep in the slugfest.

Right-hander Jack Flaherty allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning in his first start since Aug. 24. He was on a strict pitch count and was removed after 19 pitches.

Dakota Hudson took over and allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings of work in his return from Tommy John surgery.

At 85-69, the Cardinals have taken command of the second NL wild-card spot.

St. Louis will turn to veteran left-hander Jon Lester to set a new franchise-record winning streak on Saturday afternoon as the weekend series against the Cubs continues.

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