Indians set record winning streak

Sep 16 2017 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor hits a two-run RBI double against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Progressive Field

Coming into Thursday night, the stakes were pretty clear for the Cleveland Indians: Another win - No. 22 in a row - would set the modern record for an Major League Baseball winning streak, passing the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

Jay Bruce secured the club's 22md consecutive win with a walk-off hit an inning later, scoring Jose Ramirez.

Francisco Lindor gave the Indians new life in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings with a two-out, two-strike RBI double off Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

The Indians trailed for four innings in the contest, as many as they had in 21 games coming in.

The victory extended the Tribe's winning streak to 22 games, just four short of the all-time major league record.

The loss for Kansas City was at least an improvement over the three-game sweep in August, in which the Indians outscored them 20-0.

The victory snapped a tie with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak.

Remember the pain Yankees fans endured last October as they watched Andrew Miller, just months removed from the famed pinstripes, dominate the Indians' opponents en route to a near-championship?

What we do know is that he likely won't be used the same way he was previous year. Mike Moustakas followed by grounding into a double play, but it was enough to score the run.

The Cleveland Indians added a walk-off win to a streak that has had everything. Tyler Naquin, lost on the roster behind the likes of Allen and Bradley Zimmer just a year after being a full-time player, created the game tying run. The Indians still have three more games to play at home against the Royals this series, pitting Trevor Bauer and Jason Vargas against each other on Friday at 7:10 p.m. EST.

They went down 1-0 to the Royals early, but Cleveland managed to come back and tie it.

The Indians continued to get stellar pitching, with Josh Tomlin allowing two runs over 52⁄3 innings and five relievers combining to hold Kansas City scoreless over the final 41⁄3 innings. It's better when you win, but the experience for some of our young guys in incredible right now. The Indians intend to use Miller for a batter or two in Thursday's game and closely monitor him before increasing his workload in preparation for what the club hopes is another long postseason.

Not everything went perfectly, though, as Chisenhall was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning with calf tightness.