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Longest MLB win streaks in 2018

Crew tied MLB high during run to NL Central title and NLCS berth
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What the Brewers accomplished during their run to and through the postseason was nothing short of remarkable. With their 6-5 win against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, Milwaukee capped a 12-game winning streak, which tied the MLB high for any team in 2018.

Only the 1971 Orioles (17 straight), '70 Orioles (16) and '27 Yankees (12) churned out win streaks of such length extending from the regular season into the playoffs. Milwaukee wound up losing NLCS Game 2 to finish four games shy of tying its franchise high of 16 straight wins, which spanned the final three games of the 1986 season and the first 13 games of '87.

What the Brewers accomplished during their run to and through the postseason was nothing short of remarkable. With their 6-5 win against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, Milwaukee capped a 12-game winning streak, which tied the MLB high for any team in 2018.

Only the 1971 Orioles (17 straight), '70 Orioles (16) and '27 Yankees (12) churned out win streaks of such length extending from the regular season into the playoffs. Milwaukee wound up losing NLCS Game 2 to finish four games shy of tying its franchise high of 16 straight wins, which spanned the final three games of the 1986 season and the first 13 games of '87.

Here's a look at where Milwaukee's run stacked up against the other longest win streaks in 2018. 

12 GAMES

Brewers, Sept. 22-present
The Brewers went three weeks without losing, spanning from Sept. 22, when they trailed the Cubs, who had the National League's best record for most if not all of the regular season, by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central to Oct. 13. The Crew rattled off seven in a row to finish its 162-game slate, including three straight in St. Louis, which slimly trailed Milwaukee in the NL Wild Card standings, and forced a tiebreaker Game 163 at Wrigley Field one day after what would've been the last day of the regular season to determine the division champion. Milwaukee won that game, 3-1, to finish with 96 wins, the most in the NL. 

The Crew continued with a dominant, three-game sweep of the Rockies in the NL Divsion Series, limiting Colorado to just two runs total behind its lights-out pitching staff, getting 12 2/3 innings from starters Jhoulys Chacin, Wade Miley and opener Brandon Woodruff. They then took a 1-0 series lead in the NLCS but eventually fell to the Dodgers in seven games. 

Video: Brew Crew increase win streak to 12 games

Astros, June 6-18
Despite entering June 6 with the Majors' fourth-highest winning percentage, the defending champs hadn't truly hit their stride, as they sat two games back of the Mariners in the AL West. 

•  Cut4: Five biggest moments from Astros' 12-game winning streak

Perhaps no moment was more quirky than the go-ahead balk in the ninth inning that the Astros drew against the Rangers on June 10. Tied at 7 and threatening with runners at second and third, Keone Kela rushed a pitch home that, after discussion among umpires, was ruled a balk, thus allowing the go-ahead run to score. Houston got just one walk-off win during its streak, and it came during its 12th and final win during the club's MLB-best run this year. Trailing 4-3 against the Rays in the bottom of the ninth on June 18, Alex Bregman roped a one-out, ninth-inning double to left that scored two.

Video: Astros reel off 12 straight wins to tie club record

11 GAMES

Pirates, July 11-July 25
Pittsburgh climbed its way back into the NL postseason picture out of the All-Star break with a streak that rivals arguably the Majors' top contenders in 2018. The Pirates extended their streak to 11 with two wins in Cleveland, first by overcoming three rain delays and tagging Corey Kluber for a season-high seven runs over just four innings for a rain-shortened 7-0 win. The next night, they scored seven runs in the first two innings for No. 11 before the AL Central leaders snapped the run in the series finale.

The Pirates also swept the Brewers in five games ahead of the break to knock Milwaukee out of first place, and outscored the Reds by 22 runs (27-5) over a three-game sweep on the road.

10 GAMES

Red Sox, July 2-12
Boston swept Washington, Kansas City and Texas earlier this month, and won another against Toronto as part of a season-high 10-game win streak that has helped it build a first-place cushion in what figures to be a very competitive AL East race the rest of the way. Over their 10-game run, the Red Sox paced the Majors in runs (73), batting average (.325) and on-base percentage (.395), and they ranked second in slugging percentage (.511). 

Video: Martinez, Betts key Boston's 10-game win streak

9 GAMES

Yankees, April 21-29
Perhaps more impressive than the Yankees' season-high nine-game win steak was that had they avoided one blemish -- a 2-1 loss on April 30 in Houston in an AL Championship Series rematch -- they would have gone on to win 18 in a row. After snapping their nine-game streak, the Bombers went on to win another eight straight from May 1-9. 

Video: Look back at Yankees' 9-game win streak in April '18

Mets, April 3-13
Promise filled the early leg of the Mets' season when they got off to a franchise-best 11-1 start, which was fueled in large part by a nine-game win streak that fell three short of a club record. The streak ended with a 5-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field, in which Matt Harvey gave up four runs in five innings. 

Video: Nine-game win streak fuels Mets' franchise-best start

Red Sox, March 30-April 10
After dropping their Opening Day contest to the Rays, the Red Sox won nine in a row in perhaps what was a sign of good things to come in 2018. Rookie manager Alex Cora joined Mickey Callaway (2018 Mets), Joe Morgan (1988 Red Sox) and Pat Moran (1915 Phillies) as the only skippers to guide their clubs to nine wins in their first 10 games on the job. 

Boston's ninth win in a row came via a 14-1 drubbing of the Yankees in 30-degree temperatures at Fenway Park on April 10, which included a nine-run sixth inning that featured the third career grand slam by superstar Mookie Betts

Video: NYY@BOS: Betts hits laser over Monster for grand slam

8 GAMES

•  Rockies, Sept. 21-28
•  Rays, Aug. 19-26
•  Cardinals, Aug. 8-15
•  Mariners, June 25-July 3
•  Yankees, May 1-9
•  Rays, April 18-28
•  Brewers, April 17-25
•  Red Sox, April 12-20

7 GAMES

•  Astros, Sept. 1-8
•  Cubs, Aug. 22-28
•  Rockies, July 11-21
•  Reds, June 17-24
•  Indians, June 17-24
•  Rangers, June 16-23
•  Angels, April 8-14

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.