Royals stop Cleveland’s historic run at 22 wins
The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations.
Their historic winning streak is history.
Cleveland had its AL-record run stopped at 22 straight games Friday as they were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.
Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball’s longest win streak in 101 years. The Indians set a new league mark and came within four of matching the overall record held by the 1916 New York Giants.
The Indians not only broke the previous AL record held by the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland A’s, they served notice they’re the team to beat in the postseason as they attempt to get back to the World Series and perhaps end their 68year title drought after the Chicago Cubs halted their 108-year drought at Cleveland’s expense in 2016.
With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Royals reliever Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Francisco Lindor on a pitch in the dirt. The Associated Press