Make that 20 for the Windians
Kluber throws a fivehitter as Cleveland ties AL record with 20th victory in a row.
The Cleveland Indians share a record with a team celebrated by Hollywood. “Moneyball” has its sequel.
Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 games and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night at Cleveland.
Cleveland’s streak, which began on Aug. 24 in Boston, is tied for the majors’ second-longest in 82 years — and the Indians show no signs of stopping.
Corey Kluber (16-4) strengthened his Cy Young Award case with a four-hitter as Cleveland joined the 2002 A’s, 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to win at least 20 in a row.
Francisco Lindor homered leading off the first inning against Matthew Boyd (5-10), and the crowd of 24,654 stood and roared when Kluber sprinted to the mound for the ninth.
The Giants’ revered 101year-old streak includes a tie that interrupted 12- and 14game unbeaten runs. However, the Elias Sports Bureau has always regarded the Giants’ stretch as the top mark because tie games were replayed from the start back then.
Cleveland can equal the Cubs’ 21-game run Wednesday afternoon.
While understanding the fascination with his team’s roll, Indians manager Terry Francona has been downplaying the streak so as not to make it a distraction. As far as Francona’s concerned, there is nothing magical going on.
“I just want to win tonight. I’ve always felt like that,” he said before the game. “Maybe you don’t believe me. I want us to show up every day and play the best game we can. We’re going to lose a game.”
When, is anyone’s guess.
Willie Calhoun, the prized prospect the Texas Rangers got from the Dodgers in the Yu Dar vish trade, made his major league debut and went one for four with an RBI against the Seattle Mariners. The 5-foot-8 left-handed batter hit .300 with 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in 128 triple-A games this year.
CARLOS SANTANA scores the Indians’ second run on a wild pitch by Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen.