Cleve­land closes on cen­tury-old record

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

CLEVE­LAND — The Cleve­land In­di­ans added a walk-off win to a streak that has had ev­ery­thing.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI dou­ble in the 10th in­ning as the In­di­ans ral­lied for their 22nd straight win to ex­tend their Amer­i­can League record, beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als 3-2 on Thurs­day night to move within four wins of match­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants for the long­est streak in ma­jor­league his­tory.

Af­ter blowouts, shutouts and oh-so-easy wins, the In­di­ans, who tied it in the ninth on Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s two-out, two-strike RBI dou­ble, went into ex­tras for the first time to keep the long­est streak in 101 years in­tact.

“This was prob­a­bly the tough­est one we’ve had,” Bruce said.

Ramirez led off the 10th with a hard hit into right-cen­ter 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.

“Noth­ing like it, noth­ing like it,” Bruce said.

These In­di­ans aren’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 clutch 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.

As Lin­dor’s ball car­omed off the wall and rolled slowly across the grass in left field, 30,874 fans who have watched the In­di­ans over­power teams for the last three weeks, soon saw the AL Cen­tral lead­ers pull off their most dra­matic win this sea­son.

The In­di­ans en­tered the day tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the sec­ond-long­est streak, and now only trail those 1916 Gi­ants, who won 26 in a row — all at home.

The Gi­ants won 12 straight, played a 1-1 tie, and then won 14 in a row. But be­cause the tied game was re­played from the start the next day, it didn’t tech­ni­cally count and there­fore didn’t stop New York’s streak.

Un­like many of Cleve­land’s game’s over the past three weeks, this one re­quired a lit­tle late-in­nings work by the In­di­ans, who have outscored their op­po­nents 142-37 dur­ing this unimag­in­able run.

On top of get­ting an­other win, the In­di­ans also got top re­liever An­drew Miller back.

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