In­di­ans rally, walk off with win streak in­tact

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CLEVE­LAND » The Cleve­land In­di­ans added a walkoff win to a streak that has had ev­ery­thing.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI dou­ble in the 10th in­ning 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.

Af­ter blowouts, shutouts and oh-so- easy wins, the In­di­ans, who tied it in the ninth on Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s two- out, two- strike RBI dou­ble, went into ex­tras for the first time to keep the long­est streak in 101 years in­tact.

“This was prob­a­bly the tough­est one we’ve had,” Bruce said.

Ramirez led off the 10th with a hard hit into right- cen­ter off Bran­don Mau­rer (2-2) that he turned into a dou­ble with a head-first slide. Af­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion walked, Bruce, the re­cent ar­rival who hit a three-run homer in win No. 21 on Wed­nes­day, ripped a 2- 0 pitch into the right-field cor­ner.

As Pro­gres­sive Field shook like it usu­ally does in Oc­to­ber, Bruce reached sec­ond base and was quickly mobbed his team­mates, who doused him with ice wa­ter and tal­cum pow­der while tear­ing the front of his jersey.

“Noth­ing like it, noth­ing like it,” Bruce said.

These In­di­ans aren’t stop­ping for any­thing.

Down to their last strike in the ninth, the In­di­ans ral­lied to tie it at 2, with Lin­dor de­liv­er­ing his clutch shot off the left field wall, just above the leap Alex Gor­don, to score pinch-run­ner Erik Gon­za­lez.

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