21 club: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win

CLEVELAND (AP) For more than 100 years, American League teams have gone on winning streaks of varying lengths - short ones, long ones, double-digit ones.

Nothing, though, like the one the Cleveland Indians have pieced together.

A streak for the ages.

Moving past the ''Moneyball'' Oakland Athletics, the Indians set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to 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, a team with its sights set on ending the majors' longest World Series title drought, matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak since 1900.

And in doing so, they separated themselves from every AL team since the league was formed in 1901.

''Who would've ever thought that we'd be in this situation?'' Bruce said. ''I can't even imagine.''

Believe it.

Now that they've moved past those 2002 A's immortalized on film, the Indians are 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.

''I think they're enjoying themselves,'' manager Terry Francona said as clubhouse music boomed in the background. ''They should. I think what's kind of cool about our game is when you do things, and you do them the right way, I think it means more. Our guys are playing the game to win, the right way.

''That part's very meaningful. They should enjoy what they're doing. It's pretty special.''

After leading 4-1, the Indians had to overcome a costly error and rely on their bullpen to hold off the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12 to Cleveland and saw manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann ejected from the series finale.

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

With the crowd of 29,346 standing and stomping, Allen retired Ian Kinsler on a sinking liner for the final out, giving the Indians the league's longest streak since the AL was founded 116 years ago.

There was no big celebration afterward as the Indians simply congratulated one another and stuck to their routine.

''We're so focused,'' said Bruce, who arrived via trade last month from the New York Mets. ''I thought we were playing the Royals today. ... Everyone comes here and gets ready to play today and I think that's something that speaks volumes.''

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.

Incredibly, the Indians have hit more home runs (40) than their pitchers have given up in total runs.

And while they've racked up win after win, the defending AL champs have reduced their magic number for winning their second straight AL Central title to four. They've also passed Houston for the league's best record, which will come into play in the postseason as the team with the best overall mark will have home-field advantage.

Now that they're alongside the 1935 Cubs, the Indians have a realistic shot of running down the 1916 Giants.

Cleveland opens four-game series on Thursday against Kansas City, which was outscored 20-0 on its three-day visit last month.

Francona was asked if he thought the Giants' run should be the record since it includes a tie.

''I wasn't there,'' he said, drawing laughter. ''I've given that zero thought. I promise you I've given it no thought.''

With a shot at AL history, Clevinger took the mound with Jimi Hendrix's ''Purple Haze'' blasting through the ballpark's sound system, and Cleveland's crowd came to rock - and witness history - on a mostly sunny day.

Some parents kept their kids home from school and brought them to Progressive Field to see a once-in-a-lifetime event Cleveland residents may remember more than any solar eclipse. They cheered every two-strike count like it was October and there was something much bigger on the line. The Indians have viewed the streak as a perfect postseason warmup as they try to end a Series title drought dating to 1948.

Clevinger, who didn't allow a run in 18 innings over his three previous starts, was down 1-0 in the first after Jeimer Candelario touched him for a two-out RBI double.

But as they have done for the past three weeks, the Indians responded, with Bruce connecting for a three-run shot into the left-field bleachers.

''Expected, I would say by now,'' Clevinger said of the Indians' 3-run answer. ''I don't think there was a second that I doubted we were going to score some runs or string together some hits.''

SIZZLING SEPTEMBER

At 14-0, the Indians are off to the best start in September since the 1991 Minnesota Twins went 15-0.

TESTY TIGERS

Two batters after Ausms and McCann were ejected, a pitch from Farmer eluded catcher John Hicks, who had just entered the game, and struck plate umpire Quinn Wolcott in the chest.

Farmer disputed that the Tigers would try to intentionally hit Wolcott.

''The fact that's even a question is appalling,'' Farmer said. ''It shouldn't be a question. When you look at the situation it's stupid to even think about. It shouldn't even be a thought from anybody that Hicks and I would do that.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Mikie Mahtook missed his fifth consecutive game after being scratched from a Sept. 9 game against Toronto with left groin soreness. Ausmus said Mahtook was ''getting closer, but he's not ready.''

Indians: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will be activated from the disabled list Thursday following his second stint on the disabled list with knee tendinitis.

UP NEXT

The Indians' Josh Tomlin, who is 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last six outings, starts the opener against Royals rookie Jakob Junis.

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TigersDET60-85
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IndiansCLE90-56
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  • W: M. Clevinger (10-5)L: B. Farmer (4-3)S: C. Allen (27)
  • HR: CLE - J. Bruce (34), R. Perez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B50000021.234.310.393.703-1.0
A. Presley LF41200000.317.359.398.7563.0
M. Cabrera DH41100012.246.329.396.7261.5
N. Castellanos RF31210111.264.316.471.7875.5
J. Candelario 3B40110014.257.329.392.7212.5
J. McCann C10000012.260.329.428.757-0.5
J. Hicks C30000003.289.344.490.8330.0
A. Romine 1B40110012.232.287.347.6341.5
J. Jones CF30000021.158.234.277.511-1.0
a- T. Collins PH10000010.203.286.333.619-0.5
J. Iglesias SS30000100.266.301.385.6861.0
  • a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41200000.277.337.507.8444.0
L. Chisenhall LF40000032.289.363.526.889-1.5
J. Ramirez 2B32100101.309.363.566.9295.0
E. Encarnacion DH40110012.252.374.492.8661.5
J. Bruce RF31131110.256.325.515.8418.5
C. Santana 1B30100120.265.374.481.8543.0
Y. Diaz 3B30000013.262.369.325.695-0.5
G. Urshela 3B00000000.231.279.281.5600.0
T. Naquin CF20000010.233.273.300.573-0.5
a- B. Guyer PH10000000.238.328.329.6570.0
G. Allen CF00000000.238.273.429.7010.0
R. Perez C31111020.219.303.380.6835.0
  • a-grounded out for Naquin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (30), J. Candelario (7)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (86), J. Candelario (6), A. Romine (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (2), A. Romine (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (37), J. Ramirez (48)
  • 3B - C. Santana (3)
  • HR - J. Bruce (34), R. Perez (6)
  • RBI - E. Encarnacion (89), J. Bruce 3 (93), R. Perez (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (24), J. Bruce 3 (42)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Presley
FIELDING
  • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
  • E - Y. Diaz (3), B. Shaw (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Farmer (L, 4-3)4.04443716.621.42-0.5
D. Norris3.02110315.361.667.5
A. Wilson1.01000103.751.322.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Farmer (L, 4-3)4.0
D. Norris3.0
A. Wilson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 10-5)5.26312603.211.2716.0
N. Goody (H, 5)1.00000202.661.094.0
T. Olson (H, 6)0.10000000.001.020.0
B. Shaw (H, 22)1.01000103.151.222.5
C. Allen (S, 27)1.00000102.561.1610.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 10-5)5.2
N. Goody (H, 5)1.0
T. Olson (H, 6)0.1
B. Shaw (H, 22)1.0
C. Allen (S, 27)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 98-53, D. Norris 40-27, A. Wilson 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 4-1, D. Norris 2-4, A. Wilson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 19, D. Norris 11, A. Wilson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-64, N. Goody 11-9, T. Olson 8-5, B. Shaw 13-12, C. Allen 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-3, B. Shaw 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, N. Goody 3, T. Olson, B. Shaw 5, C. Allen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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TigersDET60-85
100002000370
IndiansCLE90-56
30100010X572
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B50000021.234.310.393.703-1.0
A. Presley LF41200000.317.359.398.7563.0
M. Cabrera DH41100012.246.329.396.7261.5
N. Castellanos RF31210111.264.316.471.7875.5
J. Candelario 3B40110014.257.329.392.7212.5
J. McCann C10000012.260.329.428.757-0.5
J. Hicks C30000003.289.344.490.8330.0
A. Romine 1B40110012.232.287.347.6341.5
J. Jones CF30000021.158.234.277.511-1.0
a- T. Collins PH10000010.203.286.333.619-0.5
J. Iglesias SS30000100.266.301.385.6861.0
Total35373021016-----
  • a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41200000.277.337.507.8444.0
L. Chisenhall LF40000032.289.363.526.889-1.5
J. Ramirez 2B32100101.309.363.566.9295.0
E. Encarnacion DH40110012.252.374.492.8661.5
J. Bruce RF31131110.256.325.515.8418.5
C. Santana 1B30100120.265.374.481.8543.0
Y. Diaz 3B30000013.262.369.325.695-0.5
G. Urshela 3B00000000.231.279.281.5600.0
T. Naquin CF20000010.233.273.300.573-0.5
a- B. Guyer PH10000000.238.328.329.6570.0
G. Allen CF00000000.238.273.429.7010.0
R. Perez C31111020.219.303.380.6835.0
Total3057523118-----
  • a-grounded out for Naquin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (30), J. Candelario (7)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (86), J. Candelario (6), A. Romine (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (2), A. Romine (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (37), J. Ramirez (48)
  • 3B - C. Santana (3)
  • HR - J. Bruce (34), R. Perez (6)
  • RBI - E. Encarnacion (89), J. Bruce 3 (93), R. Perez (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (24), J. Bruce 3 (42)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Presley
FIELDING
  • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana
  • E - Y. Diaz (3), B. Shaw (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Farmer (L, 4-3)4.04443716.621.42-0.5
D. Norris3.02110315.361.667.5
A. Wilson1.01000103.751.322.5
Total8.07553112---
PITCHERSIP
B. Farmer (L, 4-3)4.0
D. Norris3.0
A. Wilson1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 10-5)5.26312603.211.2716.0
N. Goody (H, 5)1.00000202.661.094.0
T. Olson (H, 6)0.10000000.001.020.0
B. Shaw (H, 22)1.01000103.151.222.5
C. Allen (S, 27)1.00000102.561.1610.5
Total9.07312100---
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 10-5)5.2
N. Goody (H, 5)1.0
T. Olson (H, 6)0.1
B. Shaw (H, 22)1.0
C. Allen (S, 27)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 98-53, D. Norris 40-27, A. Wilson 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 4-1, D. Norris 2-4, A. Wilson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 19, D. Norris 11, A. Wilson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-64, N. Goody 11-9, T. Olson 8-5, B. Shaw 13-12, C. Allen 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-3, B. Shaw 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, N. Goody 3, T. Olson, B. Shaw 5, C. Allen 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Perez homered to center35
  • 6TH INNING
    Romine singled to right, Castellanos scored34
    Castellanos doubled to deep left, Cabrera scored24
  • 3RD INNING
    Encarnacion singled to shallow right, Ramirez scored14
  • 1ST INNING
    Bruce homered to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored13
    Candelario doubled to deep left, Presley scored, Castellanos to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Cody Allen relieved Bryan Shaw
    • Tyler Collins hit for JaCoby Jones
    • T. Collins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
    • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Iglesias flied out to left
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Tyler Olson
    • Greg Allen in center
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Cabrera singled to right
    • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
    • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario safe at first on Shaw fielding error, Cabrera to second
    • J. Hicks: Hicks reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera to third, Candelario out at second
    • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Romine grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Wilson relieved Daniel Norris
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to third
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana tripled to deep center, Santana out at home
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Giovanny Urshela at third
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias popped out to third
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
    • Tyler Olson relieved Nick Goody
    • A. Presley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Presley fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Guyer hit for Tyler Naquin
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guyer grounded out to second
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez homered to center
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to shallow center
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Chisenhall struck out looking
    • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lindor out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera safe at first on 3rd baseman Diaz fielding error, Cabrera to second
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep left, Cabrera scored
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first, Castellanos to third
    • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Romine singled to right, Castellanos scored
    • Nick Goody relieved Mike Clevinger
    • J. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce lined out to left
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Iglesias out at second
    • A. Presley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Presley grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Daniel Norris relieved Buck Farmer
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Chisenhall lined out to center
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to first
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
    • A. Romine: Romine popped out to second
    • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Naquin grounded out to second
    • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kinsler lined out to second
    • A. Presley: Strike looking, Presley singled to shallow left
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to shallow center, Presley to second
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chisenhall struck out looking
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right center
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to shallow right, Ramirez scored
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce walked, Encarnacion to second
    • John Hicks catching
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Encarnacion to third, Bruce to second
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
    • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to first
    • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
    • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
    • A. Presley: Presley singled to left center
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera fouled out to second
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked, Presley to second
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Candelario doubled to deep left, Presley scored, Castellanos to third
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor doubled to right
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Bruce homered to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)