Indians win in 10, streak reaches 22

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — On a winning streak that just won’t stop, the Cleveland Indians have posted shutouts, blowouts and routine wins.

A walk-off victory and extra innings were the only things missing.

“Check those two off,” closer Cody Allen said.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning — after Francisco Lindor tied it with a double in the ninth — as the Indians rallied for their 22nd straight win Thursday to extend their American League record, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

The result also assured Cleveland of a playoff berth.

“In the ninth, we were saying, ‘We’re gonna walk them off,’ “ said Allen (3-6), who pitched a scoreless 10th. “We thought we were going to walk them off right there. You win enough games in a lot of different ways, you see what those guys are capable of.”

Cleveland broke a tie with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak in major league history. The record is 26 by the 1916 New York Giants — they won 12 straight, then played a 1-1 tie before winning 14 in a row. Because the tied game was replayed from the start the next day, it didn’t technically count and therefore didn’t stop New York’s streak, which consisted entirely of home games.

Ramirez led off the 10th by turning a hard hit into right-center field off Brandon Maurer (2-2) into a double with a head-first slide. After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Bruce — who hit a three-run homer in Wednesday’s win — ripped a ball into the right-field corner.

In the ninth, Lindor hit a ball off the left-field wall just above the leap of four-time Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon to score pinch runner Erik Gonzalez from first.

“The ball actually hit off the top of my glove,” Gordon said. “It was in a perfect spot where you had to decide whether to play it off the wall or go for it. I thought if I played it off the wall, he scores anyway, so I had to go for it.”

Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller made his first appearance since Aug. 21 — he had been sidelined by knee tendinitis. Miller gave up a pair of bloop singles in a scoreless seventh inning.