- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - More than a month into the season, the St. Louis Cardinals finally lost a series.

Given the personnel they’ve lost, it’s been a remarkable start.

The Cardinals finally got a break Monday after playing 20 consecutive games, going 14-6 during a stretch that began with a healthy ace, setup man and top hitter and concluded without all three. They own the best record in the majors at 22-9 despite losing Adam Wainwright for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, shutting down Jordan Walden due to biceps and shoulder woes and giving Matt Carpenter a break due to fatigue and dehydration.

The Cardinals could be closer to getting a long-term replacement for Wainwright, although lefty Tyler Lyons will remain in the rotation for at least one more start.

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