Cleve­land rolls to 21st straight win

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CLEVE­LAND (AP) — For more than 100 years, Amer­i­can League teams have gone on win­ning streaks of vary­ing lengths — short ones, long ones, dou­bledigit ones.

Noth­ing, though, like the one the Cleve­land In­di­ans have pieced to­gether. A streak for the ages. The In­di­ans 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 the In­di­ans, 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 imag­ine.” Be­lieve it. The In­di­ans are within five wins of catch­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants, who won 26 straight with­out a loss but whose cen­tury-old mark in­cludes a tie.

The In­di­ans haven’t lost in 20 days, and they’ve rarely been chal­lenged dur­ing a late-sea­son run in which they’ve dom­i­nated ev­ery as­pect of the game.

Cleve­land’s starters have gone 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA, they’ve outscored their op­po­nents 139-35 and trailed in only four of 189 in­nings.

“I think they’re en­joy­ing them­selves,” man­ager Terry Fran­cona said as club­house mu­sic boomed in the back­ground. “They should. I think what’s kind of cool about our game is when you do things, and you do them the right way, I think it means more. Our guys are play­ing the game to win, the right way.

“That part’s very mean­ing­ful. They should en­joy what they’re do­ing. It’s pretty spe­cial.”

ORI­OLES 2, BLUE JAYS 1

TORONTO (CP) — Kevin Gaus­man pitched seven sharp in­nings as the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles de­feated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Wed­nes­day to snap a six-game los­ing streak.

Gaus­man (11-10) al­lowed one run on six hits, struck out six, walked one and hit a bat­ter to im­prove to 3-0 against the Blue Jays this sea­son.

Closer Zach Brit­ton bounced back af­ter blow­ing a one-run lead in Toronto’s 3-2 walkoff vic­tory on Tues­day night. He worked around a one-out sin­gle for his 14th save.

Adam Jones drove in a run on a dou­ble and Trey Mancini fol­lowed with an RBI triple for the Ori­oles (72-74), who scored two un­earned runs on Mar­cus Stro­man (11-8) in the first in­ning.

Stro­man al­lowed six hits along with the two un­earned runs over 92 pitches in six in­nings of work. He also walked three and struck out seven.

Rookie Richard Urena had a run-scor­ing dou­ble for the Blue Jays (68-78), ex­tend­ing his hit streak to six games.

MARINERS 8, RANGERS 1

AR­LING­TON, Texas (AP) — Mike Zunino home­red twice, Jean Se­gura also went deep and the Seattle Mariners won 8-1 at Texas on Wed­nes­day night, jump­ing over the Rangers in the wild-card chase and hand­ing Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts.

Zunino broke a score­less tie with one out in the fifth with his 22nd homer, a rare shot into the sec­ondlevel club deck in left field.

It was only the 23rd homer to reach that sec­tion in the ball­park that is in its 24th sea­son.

His sec­ond solo homer, to right-cen­tre in the sev­enth for his third mul­ti­homer game this sea­son, capped a five-run out­burst by the Mariners that in­ning.

Mike Leake struck out five and al­lowed one run in 5 2/3 in­nings to win his third con­sec­u­tive start for the Mariners since they ac­quired him from St. Louis on Aug. 30. The right-han­der was 7-12 in 26 starts for the Car­di­nals this sea­son.

The Cana­dian Press

Toronto Blue Jay Kendrys Mo­rales slides safely into third base as Bal­ti­more Ori­oles third base­man Manny Machado tries to make a play dur­ing fourth in­ning AL base­ball ac­tion in Toronto on Wed­nes­day. The Ori­oles won 2-1.

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