MLB

Lester wins 200th, Cards extend run to 9

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Jon Lester notched his 200th career win, Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Monday night for their ninth consecutive win.

The Cardinals have won nine straight for the first time since 2004 to solidify their grip on the second NL wild card. They remained three games ahead of Cincinnati for the final postseason spot, with San Diego four games back and Philadelphia 4 1/2 games behind.

The longest winning streak in franchise history is 14 games, set in 1935.

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AL Wins
Rank Name W
1 G. Cole, NYY15
2t S. Matz, Tor13
2t H. Ryu, Tor13
4t C. Bassitt, Oak12
4t J. Berríos, Tor12
4t D. Cease, CWS12
4t C. Flexen, Sea12
4t L. McCullers Jr., Hou12
4t F. Montas, Oak12
4t R. Ray, Tor12
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NL Wins
Rank Name W
1 J. Urías, LAD18
2 A. Wainwright, StL16
3 M. Scherzer, LAD15
4t W. Buehler, LAD14
4t K. Gausman, SF14
4t K. Hendricks, ChC14
4t Z. Wheeler, Phi14
8 C. Morton, Atl13
9t A. DeSclafani, SF12
9t M. Fried, Atl12
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