TOndrew Knizner scored the lead run after Codi Heuer’s wild pitch in the ninth inning and the The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Sunday for 16 consecutive wins.
The Cardinals’ streak, a franchise record, is the longest in the major leagues since Cleveland’s 22-game wins in 2017.– and the best in the National League since the New York Giants had 16 straight victories in 1951, when they made a surprise trip to the pennant.
Paul Goldschmidt and Harrison Bader hit home runs to extend a streak that has propelled the Cardinals to the second wild card in the National League. six games clear of Philadelphia and Cincinnati with six games to go.
The Cardinals now will open a three-game home series against the Brewers starting Tuesday of Milwaukee, champions of the Central Division.
Knizer negotiated a passport to start the ninth inning. With one out and a full house Heuer (7-4) threw too low a pitch to Tyler O’Neil that passed catcher Willson Contreras, allowing Knizer to score.
Subsequently, Heuer couldn’t control O’Neill’s hit to the mound and Lars Nootbaar stepped onto the Pentagon to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
Chicago stacked their sixth loss and finished 39-42 at home this season.
Bader’s 15th home run of the campaign tied the game 2-2 with two outs. in the eighth episode. The Cardinals set a franchise record by hitting 13 home runs in their four-game series at Wrigley Field.