21 jump streak
Cleveland sets new AL win streak record
For more than 100 years, American League teams have gone on winning streaks of varying lengths — short ones, long ones, double-digit ones.
Nothing, though, like the one Cleveland has pieced together. A streak for the ages. Moving past the “Moneyball’’ Oakland Athletics, Cleveland set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many consecutive games.
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer (4-3) and Mike Clevinger (10-5) won his fourth straight start as Cleveland, a team with its sights set on ending the majors’ longest World Series title drought, matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak since 1900.
And in doing so, they separated themselves from every AL team since the league was formed in 1901.
“Who would’ve ever thought that we’d be in this situation?’’ Bruce said. “I can’t even im- agine.’’ Believe it. Now that they’ve moved past those 2002 A’s immortalized on film, Cleveland is within five wins of catching the 1916 New York Giants, who won 26 straight without a loss but whose centuryold mark includes a tie.
Francisco Lindor and Jay Bruce celebrate Wednesday’s win in Cleveland.