Make that 20 for the Win­di­ans

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

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.

Cal­houn de­but

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.

Ron Schwane As­so­ci­ated Press

CAR­LOS SAN­TANA scores the In­di­ans’ sec­ond run on a wild pitch by Tigers re­liever Drew VerHa­gen.

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