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NL ends AL's 14-year Interleague win streak

Clinches better head-to-head record for first time since 2003
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The American League may have won its sixth straight All-Star Game in July, but the National League can now say that an even longer streak has been put to rest.

As first noticed by writer Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs, the NL has clinched this year's Interleague series over the AL for the first time since 2003. The NL is 152-139 over its counterpart with six Interleague matchups remaining. The NL dominated the early years of Interleague Play, winning the first three seasons and four of the first seven after the games debuted in 1997, but was 0-for-the-last-14 entering this season. The AL also outscored the NL in each of those 14 seasons, proving its streak was no fluke. But the NL had outscored AL clubs 1,283-1,219 in head-to-head competition this season entering Wednesday's action.

The American League may have won its sixth straight All-Star Game in July, but the National League can now say that an even longer streak has been put to rest.

As first noticed by writer Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs, the NL has clinched this year's Interleague series over the AL for the first time since 2003. The NL is 152-139 over its counterpart with six Interleague matchups remaining. The NL dominated the early years of Interleague Play, winning the first three seasons and four of the first seven after the games debuted in 1997, but was 0-for-the-last-14 entering this season. The AL also outscored the NL in each of those 14 seasons, proving its streak was no fluke. But the NL had outscored AL clubs 1,283-1,219 in head-to-head competition this season entering Wednesday's action.

One could make the argument that the NL's bench is a little deeper this season. While the top-heavy AL could feature as many as four 100-win clubs, it also includes two teams in the Orioles and Royals that are both on pace to record franchise-worst seasons. Meanwhile, 10 of the 15 NL clubs currently have winning records and five still have a feasible chance for a Wild Card spot.

Below are the head-to-head records for each season of Interleague Play since it began in 1997:

2018 (through Tuesday): NL over AL, 152-139
2017: AL over NL, 160-140
2016: AL over NL, 165-135
2015: AL over NL, 167-133
2014: AL over NL, 163-137
2013: AL over NL, 154-146
2012: AL over NL, 142-110
2011: AL over NL, 131-121
2010: AL over NL, 134-118
2009: AL over NL, 138-114
2008: AL over NL, 149-103
2007: AL over NL, 137-115
2006: AL over NL, 154-98
2005: AL over NL, 136-116
2004: AL over NL, 127-125
2003: NL over AL, 137-115
2002: NL over AL, 129-123
2001: AL over NL, 132-120
2000: AL over NL, 136-115
1999: NL over AL, 135-116
1998: AL over NL, 114-110
1997: NL over AL, 117-97

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.