Cleveland Indians set American League record with 21st consecutive win

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The Cleveland Indians powered their way into baseball history Wednesday afternoon, setting an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, a 5-3 conquest of the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.

Home runs by Jay Bruce and Roberto Perez – giving them 41 homers in the streak – lifted the Indians past the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the AL record, and tied the 1935 Chicago Cubs at 21 wins in a row.

A victory Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals would leave only the 1916 New York Giants – who won 26 consecutive games -ahead of the Indians.

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However, the Giants’ streak included one tie game. Major League Baseball and the Elias Sports Bureau – MLB’s official statistician – both recognize the Giants’ streak as the longest in major league history.

Those semantics are for another day.

Wednesday, the Indians gifted a crowd of 29,346 a record victory, as their stunning run of indomitable baseball stretched toward autumn.

This time, they faced adversity, relative to the rest of their run.

The Tigers took a 1-0, first-inning lead on a Jeimar Candelario double, just the fourth time that the Indians (90-56) have trailed since this streak began on Aug. 24.

Bruce, acquired on Aug. 9 from the New York Mets, continued his star turn with the Indians in the bottom of the inning, erasing the deficit with a three-run home run off Tigers starter Buck Farmer.

Indians starter Mike Clevinger was dominant at times, striking out six in 5 2/3 innings, but gave up some solid contact and, ultimately, three runs to the Tigers. But after Andrew Romine’s single brought Detroit within 4-3 in the sixth, Perez responded with a seventh-inning home run to stretch it to 5-3.

Giovanny Urshela made a pair of sparkling defensive plays to work around an error by set-up man Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning, and Cody Allen closed it for his 27th save.

Clevinger’s win was the 19th by an Indians starting pitcher in the streak.

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