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Cardinals Beat Cubs, Tie Franchise Record with 14th Straight Win

Adam WellsSeptember 25, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (11) celebrates his home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Michael Rucker with Harrison Bader, during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

The St. Louis Cardinals just keep on winning. 

After sweeping Friday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals have now won 14 consecutive games to tie the longest winning streak in franchise history

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The <a href="https://twitter.com/Cardinals?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Cardinals</a> have tied their longest winning streak in franchise history with their 14th straight win.<br><br>The record was set in 1935.

The 1935 Cardinals won 14 straight games from July 2 to 18. They finished the regular season with a 96-58 record, but missed out on the playoffs because the format at the time had the top team in each league play in the World Series. 

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These were the lineups in 1935 when the <a href="https://twitter.com/Cardinals?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Cardinals</a> won their 14th straight game. <a href="https://t.co/MhG238LCIy">pic.twitter.com/MhG238LCIy</a>

The Cubs (100-54) lost to the New York Yankees in the Fall Classic. That season was also notable because Chicago had a 21-game winning streak that began on Sept. 2, when it trailed the Cardinals by 2.5 games. 

This year's streak by the Cardinals is the longest in MLB this season. When it began on Sept. 11, they were 71-69 overall and trailed the Cincinnati Reds by three games for the second NL wild-card spot. 

After Friday's sweep of the Cubs, the Cardinals have a five-game cushion over the Philadelphia Phillies for the final playoff spot in the National League with an 85-69 record. 

St. Louis also owns the longest winning streak in MLB this season after its 12-4 win on Friday night. The Oakland Athletics previously held that title with 13 consecutive victories from April 9 to 24. 

The Cardinals can set a new franchise winning streak on Saturday. They will send former Cub Jon Lester to the mound against Adrian Sampson at Wrigley Field starting at 2:20 p.m. ET.