In­di­ans’ epic win­ning streak snapped at 22

BoSox score seven in 15th in­ning to beat rays • D'backs road run hits 8 games • Sev­erino pro­pels Yan­kees

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans’ 22-game win­ning streak came to an end on Fri­day when they were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Roy­als.

One night af­ter se­cur­ing the long­est win­ning run in Ma­jor League Base­ball in more than a cen­tury, the In­di­ans fi­nally ran out of steam in front of a sell­out home crowd in Cleve­land.

Only the 1916 New York Gi­ants (26) had a longer run of suc­cess, though their re­mark­able stretch, which is rec­og­nized by the MLB as the long­est in ma­jor league his­tory, in­cluded a tie.

De­spite fall­ing short of the all-time record, the streak vaulted the In­di­ans to the best record in the Amer­i­can League, 91-57.

With less than three weeks un­til the post­sea­son, Cleve­land is now set for another tilt at the World Se­ries af­ter los­ing the decisive sev­enth game to the Chicago Cubs in ex­tra in­nings last year.

Cleve­land man­ager Terry Fran­cona said he hoped the streak, dur­ing which the In­di­ans outscored their op­po­nents by 105 runs, was just a taste of things to come.

“Where do we go from here? It’s up,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. Com­mon sense said you’re go­ing to lose a game.

“I don’t think any­thing’s over. To me, this is kind of a jump­ing off point. We need to move on be­cause there’s a game to­mor­row and we need to be ready.”

Do­mini­can slug­ger Jose Ramirez was in hot form through­out the streak. In the 19 games he played he had a .413 bat­ting av­er­age and smashed nine home runs, in­clud­ing one on Fri­day.

Cleve­land short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor had saved the day on Thurs­day with a dou­ble in the bot­tom of the ninth but could not pro­duce a sim­i­lar feat on Fri­day, strik­ing out to end the game.

Start­ing pitcher Trevor Bauer took the loss af­ter giv­ing up nine hits and four runs in 51/3 in­nings.

“He wasn’t quite as crisp as he had been,” said Fran­cona.

Red Sox 13, Rays 6 (15)

Deven Mar­rero had a two-run dou­ble as part of a seven-run out­burst in the top of the 15th in­ning as Bos­ton earned the win against Tampa Bay.

Bos­ton main­tained a three-game lead over the New York Yan­kees in the Amer­i­can League East Di­vi­sion. The Red Sox magic num­ber to reach the post­sea­son dropped to seven.

Tampa Bay has lost three of its past four games and re­mains 5½ games be­hind the Min­nesota Twins for the sec­ond AL wild card.

Diamondbacks 3, Gi­ants 2

A.J. Pol­lock stroked a go-ahead, tworun dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning, al­low­ing Ari­zona to rally past San Fran­cisco in the opener of a three-game se­ries.

Left-han­der Rob­bie Ray ran his per­sonal win­ning streak to five games with 10 strike­outs in seven in­nings, help­ing the Diamondbacks re­tain a five-game lead over the Colorado Rock­ies in the Na­tional League wild-card race.

Ari­zona won its eighth straight on the road de­spite play­ing with­out hot-hit­ting J.D. Martinez, who was a late scratch with a stiff neck.

Yan­kees 8, Ori­oles 2

Luis Sev­erino tied a ca­reer high by pitch­ing eight in­nings while Didi Gre­go­rius home­red and drove in four runs, lead­ing New York to a vic­tory over Bal­ti­more.

Sev­erino (13-6) al­lowed two runs on three hits and lit­tle else while im­prov­ing to 8-2 in 12 starts since the All-Star break. He struck out seven and walked one while throw­ing 95 pitches.

It was the third time Sev­erino com­pleted eight in­nings. He also did it April 18 vs the Chicago White Sox and May 24 against the Kansas City Roy­als.

Dodgers 7, Na­tion­als 0

Alex Wood al­lowed just three hits in six score­less in­nings and was backed by three early home runs as Los An­ge­les crushed Wash­ing­ton in a show­down of first-place teams with the two best records in the Na­tional League.

The Dodgers, who had lost eight of their pre­vi­ous 10 out­ings, en­tered with a magic num­ber of seven to clinch the NL West. The Na­tion­als have lost three of four since clinch­ing the NL East ti­tle last Sun­day.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 3

Josh Don­ald­son and Kevin Pil­lar each hit solo homers, and J.A. Happ pitched into the sev­enth in­ning to pro­pel Toronto to a win against Min­nesota.

Don­ald­son had three hits and two RBIs as Toronto came out on top in another close game. The Blue Jays have played 17 one-run con­tests in their last 31 games, go­ing 8-9 in that span.

Happ (9-10) sur­ren­dered three runs on seven hits. He walked five in 61/3 in­nings. Three re­liev­ers com­bined for 22/3 hit­less in­nings and Roberto Osuna recorded his 36th save in 46 chances.

Braves 3, Mets 2

The Braves beat New York in At­lanta for just the sixth time in the past 22 games, as the bullpen pre­served the vic­tory for left-han­der Sean Newcomb af­ter the rookie took a hard-luck home loss to the same team in his ma­jor league de­but.

Nick Markakis and Rio Ruiz each had two hits and Ozzie Al­bies ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 13 games with a dou­ble as the Braves won for the sev­enth time in their last nine games.

Newcomb (3-8) al­lowed six hits and two runs in 51/3 in­nings. He struck out eight, in­clud­ing five in a row dur­ing the fourth and fifth in­nings, and walked one while throw­ing 81 pitches.

Cubs 8, Car­di­nals 2

Kris Bryant went 3-for-4, in­clud­ing his 27th home run of the sea­son, to help lead Chicago to a vic­tory over St. Louis in the opener of a crit­i­cal three-game se­ries.

The vic­tory was the fourth straight as Chicago ex­tended its NL Cen­tral lead to four games over the Car­di­nals with 15 games to play. St. Louis dropped its sec­ond in three games.

Win­ning pitcher Carl Ed­wards Jr. (4-4) worked a score­less sixth in­ning for the vic­tory in place of right-handed starter John Lackey, who was ejected in the fifth af­ter ar­gu­ing home plate calls.

Rock­ies 6, Padres 1

Colorado turned to Tyler Chat­wood some­what by de­fault on Sept. 5 to be the No. 5 starter, and he has been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. He made his third start of the month and muf­fled San Diego.

Chat­wood, who is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the sea­son, worked 52/3 in­nings and held the Padres score­less un­til Wil My­ers belted his ca­reer-high ty­ing 28th homer to end Chat­wood’s 94-pitch out­ing.

The homer also halted Chat­wood’s score­less streak at 13 in­nings since he re­turned to the ro­ta­tion this month af­ter not start­ing since Au­gust 2. In his three starts, Chat­wood is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA.

Brewers 10, Mar­lins 2

Three home runs – in­clud­ing a grand slam from Neil Walker – sparked an eightrun rally in the eighth in­ning as Mil­wau­kee erupted late for a vic­tory over Mi­ami.

Play­ing in front of a crowd of 19,369 af­ter the se­ries was shifted to Mil­wau­kee from Mi­ami be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Irma, the Mar­lins got 42/3 in­nings out of Jose Urena.

The Brewers re­ceived yet another ef­fec­tive ef­fort from the bullpen as they used seven re­liev­ers to cover eight in­nings be­hind Jeremy Jef­fress, who went two in­nings in his first start as a big lea­guer.


CLEVE­LAND IN­DI­ANS catcher Roberto Perez (left) can’t han­dle the ball as Kansas City Roy­als baserun­ner Lorenzo Cain scores dur­ing the fifth in­ning of the Roy­als’ 4-3 road vic­tory on Fri­day night, a re­sult that spelled the end of the In­di­ans’ record 22-game win­ning streak.

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