The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Thursday, extending their winning streak to 12 games.

It's the longest streak for the Cardinals since 1982.

The Cardinals maintained a 4 1/2-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies for the second National League Wild Card, with the Cincinnati Reds another game back.

St. Louis won a franchise-record 14 straight games in 1935.