The red hot Cleveland Indians beat the rebuilding Chicago White Sox (CLE 5, CWS 1) on Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to an incredible 14 games. It is the longest winning streak in baseball this season.

Wednesday night's game was fairly close through seven innings, before the Indians broke it open on Carlos Santana's long two-run home run. It was his 27th dinger of the season. They then added two more insurance runs.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco allowed just one run -- a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning -- in the three-hit complete-game win. He needed only 96 pitches to do it. 

The 14 consecutive wins ties the Indians franchise record, which was set just last season. Here are the longest winning streaks in franchise history:

  1. 14 games: Aug. 24 to Sept. 6, 2017 (and counting!)
  2. 14 games: June 17 to July 1, 2016
  3. 13 games: Aug. 2 to Aug 15, 1951
  4. 13 games: April 18 to May 12, 1942
  5. 12 games: July 8 to July 22, 1922

Reminder: the Indians have been around in their current form since 1915, so this is hardly a young franchise. They've been around more than a century, and yet the two longest winning streaks in their history have come the last two seasons. Pretty incredible.

Thanks to these 14 consecutive wins, the Indians have opened up a comfortable 11-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central with only 23 games to play. They're also closing in on the Astros for the best record in the AL, which would secure home field advantage through at least the ALCS.