It was yet another victorious slate of games for the cream of the crop in the National League Central.
The division-leading Cardinals cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the visiting Marlins, with Mark Reynolds slugging a three-run home run and John Lackey pitching into the eighth inning. The second-place Pirates came out on top 5-3 in a 14-inning affair with the Mets, the go-ahead RBI coming from the bat of backup catcher Chris Stewart. And the third-place Cubs took care of the crosstown White Sox by a score of 6-3 for their ninth straight win. That’s the longest current winning streak in the major leagues and it has given the Northsiders a big 4 1/2 game cushion for the second National League Wild Card spot.
All three of those NL Central clubs are currently locked into postseason spots.
And they will all be looking to complete series sweeps on Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Tigers 4, Astros 2 (11 innings)
Pirates 5, Mets 3 (14 innings)