The St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs when they beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 4-0, Sunday for their sixth straight win.
With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of a Division Series on Thursday.
Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5⅓ innings of three-hit ball in relief of Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals matched a season-high winning streak to finish 97-65, their most wins since reaching 100 in 2005. St. Louis also won six straight from April 30-May 5.
Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson, and Tony Cruz drove in runs for St. Louis.
Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter went 0 for 4 and finished with a league-leading 199 hits. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.