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