Indians rally, walk off with win streak intact
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.