In­di­ans set AL record with 21st straight win

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans hit base­ball black­jack - 21!

Mak­ing his­tory al­most ev­ery time they take the field, the In­di­ans won their 21st straight game on Wed­nes­day, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set an Amer­i­can League win­ning-streak record and 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. The run has put Cleve­land within five wins of catch­ing the 1916 New York Gi­ants, who won 26 straight with­out a loss but whose cen­tury-old mark in­cludes a tie.

The In­di­ans haven’t lost in 20 days, and they’ve rarely been chal­lenged dur­ing a late-sea­son run in which they’ve dom­i­nated ev­ery as­pect of the game.

How­ever, they had to over­come a costly er­ror and rely on their bullpen to hold off the Tigers, who closed within 4-3.

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

With the crowd of 29,346 stand­ing and stomp­ing, Allen re­tired Ian Kinsler for the fi­nal out, giv­ing the In­di­ans the league’s long­est streak since the AL was founded in 1901.

Dur­ing their streak, which be­gan with a 13-6 win over Bos­ton ace Chris Sale on Aug. 23, the In­di­ans have rarely been tied, never mind equaled, for nine in­nings. They have been su­pe­rior in ev­ery way pos­si­ble. Cleve­land’s starters have gone 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA, they’ve outscored their op­po­nents 139-35 and trailed in only four of 189 in­nings.

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