The Cleveland Indians tied the American League record with their 20th consecutive win on Tuesday, a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. On Wednesday, the Tribe handled business yet again with a 5-3 win over Tigers and now have the longest American League winning streak in history at 21 games:
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Cleveland’s streak is on the fringe of reaching a full calendar month; the surge began on Aug. 24 and the Indians haven’t looked back. The club has been dominant in every aspect of the game, outscoring opponents 139-35 since the streak began.
Wednesday’s game didn’t get off to the hottest of starts, though.
After scoring first in 19 of the 20 games entering Wednesday, the Tigers got on the board in the first inning courtesy of a two-out double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario.
But that lead didn’t last but mere minutes.
Francisco Lindor doubled to lead off the bottom half of the inning, Jose Ramirez walked two batters later and Jay Bruce clocked a three-run opposite-field shot to put a damper on Detroit’s once-early lead.
Edwin Encarnacion collected an RBI in the third inning to widen the lead to 4-1 before Detroit responded with two runs in the sixth to claw back.
But the Indians got some much-needed insurance in the seventh inning with a solo jack from Roberto Perez, and Mike Clevinger got the win after striking out six over 6 2/3 innings.
The Indians can extend their historic streak on Thursday when they start a four-game home stand against the Kansas City Royals.