In­di­ans rally for walk-off vic­tory, ex­tend record win­ning streak to 22

The Oklahoman - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

CLEVE­LAND — Some­how, the streak is still alive.

Some­how, the In­di­ans came back in thrilling fash­ion Thurs­day to win their 22nd game in a row.

Some­how, it seems as if the In­di­ans can never again be counted out.

Trail­ing by one run for most of the night, and down to their fi­nal strike, the In­di­ans ral­lied in the ninth to tie it and then won it in the 10th, pulling off their first walk-off win dur­ing the streak to take down the Kansas City Roy­als, 3-2, be­fore a rau­cous, play­of­flike crowd at Pro­gres­sive Field.

With the streak three outs from dy­ing, the Roy­als turned to closer Kelvin Her­rera in the ninth. And the In­di­ans found their magic at the last pos­si­ble sec­ond.

On a 2-2 pitch, Fran­cisco Lin­dor came through, doubling off the wall in left field to score Erik Gon­za­lez, in the game as a pinch-run­ner, from first to tie it 2-2 and send Pro­gres­sive Field into bed­lam.

The In­di­ans fin­ished one of the most mem­o­rable games in park his­tory in the 10th. Fac­ing Bran­don Mau­rer, Jose Ramirez led off the in­ning by rip­ping a ball into cen­ter field and stretch­ing it into a dou­ble with a ter­rific slide to just beat the throw into sec­ond base. It was his 50th dou­ble of the sea­son. Ed­win En­car­na­cion then walked to put two on with no outs.

That led to Jay Bruce, who ripped a dou­ble to right field to win it, se­cur­ing the In­di­ans’ 22nd con­sec­u­tive win and by far the wildest game in the streak.

The win­ning streak now stands alone as the sec­ond-long­est of all time, be­hind only the 1916 New York Gi­ants’ streak of 26, which in­cludes a tie in the mid­dle.

The In­di­ans en­tered the game hav­ing trailed at the com­ple­tion of only four in­nings in 21 games. They trailed by that many on Thurs­day night alone, un­til the im­prob­a­ble come­back in the ninth and 10th in­nings.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game and only the third time in the last 22, the In­di­ans did not score first. Fac­ing start­ing pitcher Josh Tom­lin, Eric Hos­mer walked and Sal­vador Perez sin­gled to put run­ners on the cor­ners in the sec­ond in­ning. Mike Mous­takas fol­lowed by ground­ing into a dou­ble play, but it was enough to score the run.

In Wed­nes­day’s win, the In­di­ans trailed for roughly 18 min­utes. On Thurs­day, it took ap­prox­i­mately 24 min­utes for that lead to be erased. With Abra­ham Al­monte on sec­ond af­ter a dou­ble, Lon­nie Chisen­hall sin­gled to right, ty­ing it 1-1.

The Roy­als struck back in the sixth. With one on and two out, Hos­mer blooped a ball down the left-field line. Al­monte slid for it but couldn’t make the catch, and the Roy­als re­took a one-run lead.

Thurs­day night marked the re­turn of An­drew Miller, who pitched the sev­enth in­ning and jogged to the mound to a loud ova­tion from the home crowd. Miller al­lowed two sin­gles and struck out Bran­don Moss look­ing be­fore in­duc­ing an in­ning-end­ing 4-6-3 dou­ble play.

Chisen­hall was taken out of the game be­fore the top of the fifth in­ning with tight­ness in his right calf. It was an­nounced by the club that his exit was for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons. Greg Allen re­placed him.

[AP PHOTO]

Cleve­land’s Jay Bruce, left, cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter hit­ting a dou­ble off Kansas City Roy­als pitcher Bran­don Mau­rer to drive in the win­ning run dur­ing the 10th in­ning on Thurs­day night. The In­di­ans won 3-2 for their 22nd con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

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