In­di­ans set AL mark with 21st straight vic­tory

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By TOM WITHERS

CLEVE­LAND — For more than 100 years, Amer­i­can League teams have gone on win­ning streaks of vary­ing lengths — short ones, long ones, dou­ble-digit ones.

Noth­ing, though, like the one the Cleve­land In­di­ans have pieced to­gether.

A streak for the ages.

Mov­ing past the “Money­ball” Oak­land Athletics, the In­di­ans set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wed­nes­day, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many con­sec­u­tive games.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer (4-3) and Mike Clevinger (10-5) won his fourth straight start as the In­di­ans matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the sec­ond-long­est streak since 1900.

And in do­ing so, they sep­a­rated them­selves from ev­ery AL team since the league was formed in 1901.

“Who would’ve ever thought that we’d be in this sit­u­a­tion?” Bruce said. “I can’t even imag­ine.” Be­lieve it.

The In­di­ans are within five wins of catch­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants, who won 26 straight.

Af­ter lead­ing 4-1, the In­di­ans had to over­come a costly er­ror and rely on their bullpen to hold off the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12 to Cleve­land and saw man­ager Brad Aus­mus and catcher James McCann ejected from the se­ries fi­nale.

Roberto Perez added a homer in the sev­enth and four Cleve­land re­liev­ers fin­ished, with Cody Allen work­ing the ninth for his 27th save.

There was no big cel­e­bra­tion af­ter­ward as the In­di­ans sim­ply con­grat­u­lated one an­other and stuck to their rou­tine.

“We’re so fo­cused,” said Bruce, who ar­rived via trade last month from the New York Mets. “I thought we were play­ing the Roy­als to­day. … Ev­ery­one comes here and gets ready to play to­day and I think that’s some­thing that speaks vol­umes.”

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Ed­win En­car­na­cion of the In­di­ans hits an RBI sin­gle dur­ing the third in­ning Wed­nes­day.

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Cleve­land’s Jay Bruce cel­e­brates with Jose Ramirez af­ter hit­ting a three-run homer in the first in­ning Wed­nes­day.

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