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Cardiac Cardinals rally, post 15th straight victory

CHICAGO — The St. Louis Cardinals set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory, a come-from-behind 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs Saturday.

The 15 wins in a row are tied for the fourth longest streak in MLB history. Another victory against the Cubs on Sunday will tie St. Louis with the 1977 Kansas City Royals for the third longest win streak. The 2017 Cleveland Indians won 22 games in a row while the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20.

The Cardinals were down 4-2 going into the seventh inning but put up three in the seventh and three more in the ninth to seal the deal. It was their fifth come-from-behind win in the streak.

Outfielder Tyler O’Neil hit his 11th home run of the month while Harrison Bader went 4 for 4 and has hits in his last six plate appearances.

St. Louis was on the outside of the National League playoff picture, looking in, when September started. In a matter of weeks, the Cardinals have turned into baseball’s biggest story, all but ending the wild-card playoff race, via this streak. They are comfortably in the NL’s second wild-card slot and appear headed for a postseason game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants.

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