Streak now 22

In­di­ans win in 10 in­nings

The Maui News - - FRONT PAGE - By TOM WITH­ERS The As­so­ci­ated Press

CLEVE­LAND — On a win­ning streak that just won’t stop, the Cleve­land In­di­ans have posted shutouts, blowouts and rou­tine wins.

A walk-off vic­tory and ex­tra in­nings were the only things miss­ing.

“Check those two off,” closer Cody Allen said.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI dou­ble in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning — af­ter Fran­cisco Lin­dor tied it with a dou­ble in the ninth — as the In­di­ans ral­lied for their 22nd straight win Thurs­day to ex­tend their Amer­i­can League record, beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als 3-2.

The re­sult also as­sured Cleve­land of a play­off berth.

“In the ninth, we were say­ing, ‘We’re gonna walk them off,’ ” said Allen (3-6), who pitched a score­less 10th. “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.”

Cleve­land broke a tie with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the sec­ond-long­est win­ning streak in ma­jor league his­tory. The record is 26 by the 1916 New York Gi­ants — they won 12 straight, then played a 1-1 tie be­fore win­ning 14 in a row. Be­cause the tied game was re­played from the start the next day, it didn’t tech­ni­cally count and there­fore didn’t stop New York’s streak, which con­sisted en­tirely of home games.

Ramirez led off the 10th by turn­ing a hard hit into right­cen­ter field off Bran­don Mau­rer (2-2) into a dou­ble with a head-first slide. Af­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion walked, Bruce — who hit a three-run homer in Wed­nes­day’s win — ripped a ball into the right-field cor­ner.

In the ninth, Lin­dor hit a ball off the left-field wall just above the leap of four-time Gold Glove win­ner Alex Gor­don to score Erik Gon­za­lez from first.

“The ball ac­tu­ally hit off the top of my glove,” Gor­don said. “It was in a per­fect spot where you had to de­cide whether to play it off the wall or go for it. I thought if I played it off the wall, he scores any­way, so I had to go for it.”

Cleve­land re­liever An­drew Miller made his first ap­pear­ance since Aug. 21 — he had been side­lined by knee ten­dini­tis. Miller gave up a pair of bloop sin­gles in a score­less sev­enth in­ning.

AP photo

Cleve­land’s Josh Tom­lin pitches dur­ing the first in­ning of the In­di­ans’ 3-2, 10-in­ning win over the Kansas City Roy­als on Thurs­day.

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