Catch 22: In­di­ans rally, win AL-record 22nd straight game against Roy­als

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

CLEVE­LAND — On a win­ning streak that just won’t stop, the Cleve­land In­di­ans 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 the In­di­ans ral­lied for their 22nd straight win to ex­tend their AL 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 ma­jor league his­tory.

A three-week romp thought the league fi­nally has 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.” good ex­am­ple for my team­mates.”

Though he in­sists oth­er­wise, there is noth­ing or­di­nary about this Joe.

Thomas hasn’t missed a sin­gle play dur­ing his ca­reer, log­ging 9,996 con­sec­u­tive of­fen­sive snaps. He should reach an un­prece­dented 10,000 in a row Sun­day when Cleve­land plays the Ravens in Bal­ti­more.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Browns, Thomas’ iron­man streak is the long­est in NFL his­tory, though the league did not of­fi­cially be­gin record­ing snap counts un­til 1999.

“You can’t be voted in the Hall of Fame when you’re still play­ing, right?” Ravens coach John Har­baugh said.

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