Cleve­land walks off with win 22

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Tom WITH­ERS

CLEVE­LAND — On a win­ning streak that just won’t stop, Cleve­land have posted shutouts, blowouts and rou­tine wins.

All that was miss­ing were a walk-off vic­tory and ex­tra in­nings.

“Check those two off,” closer Cody Allen said. “We’re check­ing all the boxes.” And check this out: 22 in a row. Jay Bruce hit an RBI dou­ble in the 10th in­ning – af­ter Fran­cisco Lin­dor tied it with a clutch dou­ble in the ninth – as Cleve­land ral­lied for their 22nd straight win to ex­tend their AL record, beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als 3-2 on Thurs­day night.

Cleve­land moved within four wins of match­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants for the long­est streak in ma­jor league his­tory.

A three-week romp through the league fi­nally had some real drama to keep base­ball’s long­est win­ning streak in 101 years in­tact.

Even be­fore the rally, Allen looked at his team­mates in the bullpen and knew some­thing spe­cial was about to hap­pen.

“In the ninth, we were say­ing, ‘We’re gonna walk them off,”’ said Allen (3-6).

“We thought we were go­ing to walk them off right there. You win enough games in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways, you see what those guys are ca­pa­ble of.”

Allen and the Cleve­land team only had to wait a lit­tle longer un­til Jose Ramirez scored the win­ning run.

With the crowd sign­ing “Jose, Jose, Jose,” Ramirez led off the 10th with a hard hit into right-cen­tre off Bran­don Mau­rer (2-2) that he turned into a dou­ble with a head-first slide. Af­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion walked, Bruce, the re­cent ar­rival who hit a three-run homer in win No. 21 on Wed­nes­day, ripped a 2-0 pitch into the right-field cor­ner.

As Pro­gres­sive Field shook like it usu­ally does in Oc­to­ber, Bruce reached sec­ond base and was quickly mobbed by his team­mates, who doused him with ice wa­ter and tal­cum pow­der while tear­ing the front of his jer­sey.

“Kids these days are throw­ing ev­ery­thing,” Bruce said with a laugh. “You never know what you’re go­ing to get hit with out there. It’s my first jer­sey rip off, for sure. They didn’t get it all, though.”

This Cleve­land team isn’t stop­ping for any­thing.

Down to their last strike in the ninth, the In­di­ans ral­lied to tie it at 2 off closer Kelvin Her­rera, with Lin­dor de­liv­er­ing his shot off the left-field wall, just above the leap of four-time Gold Glove win­ner Alex Gor­don, to score pinch-run­ner Erik Gon­za­lez from first.

“The ball ac­tu­ally hit off the top of my glove,” Gor­don said. “It was in a per­fect spot where you had to de­cide whether to play it off the wall or go for it.”

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