Bruce, Perez lift Indians to AL-record 21st straight win


Much like those member of the Tigers who the 20th straight victim of the Indians - keeping the historic Cleveland win streak going by dropping a 2-0 decision to Terry Francona's club, Tuesday night - Febles felt the pain of being the puncutation for history.

The Wednesday game offers a rematch of Cleveland's 10-0 win over the Tigers on September 1 in Detroit as Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger (9-5, 3.30 ERA) opposes Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer (4-2, 6.32).

The Indians extended their streak Wednesday by racing out to a 4-1 lead over the Tigers behind home runs from Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion. It is one shy of the second-longest streak in baseball history - by the Chicago Cubs in 1935 - and six shy of the official longest winning streak of 26, which included a tie, set by the New York Giants in 1916.

Thanks to the streak, and the Houston Astros' recent inconsistent play, the Indians now hold homefield advantage for the American League playoffs; that's a big deal, as Cleveland is 41-29 at Progressive Field, although it might not matter in the end, as they are also 48-27 away from home.

"This is the record that I always wanted to see challenged", he said.

"We haven't seen this kind of winning streak in years - not since the (Oakland) A's in '02", said Nicholas LeMay, a junior integrated mathematics major.

Incredibly, the Indians have hit more home runs (40) than their pitchers have given up in total runs. The right-hander moved into a tie with Boston's Chris Sale for the league lead in wins and has won nine straight decisions. "They would replay the game until a legitimate won or loss result was achieved". Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Jairo Labourt allowed two runs in the eighth. Cleveland had taken a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Indians, though, have no such oddities in their streak. Several of the longer streaks in baseball history took place in the 19th century, when the rules were drastically different.

They've increased their run differential to +220, 52 runs better than the 93-52 Dodgers. He knows who he is and you talk about superstitions, I will not talk to him.

Perhaps because of confusion over the tie, New York's 26-game streak has been absent from lists on some baseball websites and elsewhere. Tito's guys. Who are trying to do what the Royals did in 2015, the year after the Royals left the tying run of Game 7 on third base in the bottom of the ninth against Madison Bumgarner.

The Indians aren't accustomed to play from behind, but they briefly experienced the sensation when the Tigers scored in the top of the first inning. "We just couldn't muster any runs against Kluber", Ausmus said.