Cleveland rocks! Indians set AL win streak record

Over the last four years, he's seen their young starting pitchers mature and blossom. They were pitching, they were hitting, they were playing great defense.

"I think they're enjoying themselves", manager Terry Francona said as clubhouse music boomed in the background. To win 20 straight games is hard.

The lost the final two games of the season but the streak pushed them to the 100 win plateau for the fifth time in franchise history and the first since the 1910 season.

Cleveland's run ties the 2002 Oakland Athletics whose own 20-game run inspired the movie "Moneyball", which focused on the team's use of analytics to recruit players and overcome a restricted budget. The longest is 26 games by the 1916 New York Giants, although there was a tie game during that streak. "Even as an Indians fan, whose team bowed out to them in the '98 ALCS, it was a hard-earned respect in acknowledging an old and ancient nemesis" greatness. "But a lot of things have happened here that they haven't expected". Jose Ramirez wants you to hold his beer.

"To be a good team, you have to have some surprises, some diamonds in the rough".

Cleveland, who lost the decisive seventh game of last year's World Series in extra innings, have a comfortable lead atop the AL Central division and are a betting favourite to win it all this year. He allowed a leadoff double in the first to Kinsler, but stranded him at third by striking out Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos to end the inning. "With the way these guys are swinging the bats right now, you nearly gotta be ideal and I just wasn't flawless tonight". "And I wasn't flawless tonight".

Lindor, who has been Cleveland's hottest hitter during the streak, hit his 30th homer in the first off Boyd as the Indians scored first for the 19th time in 20 games.

"We haven't talked about it at all", Indians pitcher Corey Kluber said.

Estrada (8-8) allowed four hits, no walks and two runs. Tarry Francona and the pitching staff made a decision to put him in the bullpen for the rest of the season. Billy Beane put his Opening day roster together for just $39 million. They can clinch a postseason berth with a win in the series opener against Kansas City tonight, while continuing their trek toward another historical winning streak. He walked 3 batters and struck out 7. The Giants won 12 games before the tie and 14 after.

A scary moment came in his next at-bat, when Warwick Saupold threw an inside pitch that ricocheted off Ramirez's bat and then his left wrist.

Those streaky New York Giants, guided by irascible manager John McGraw, were in the midst of a 31-game homestand at the Polo Grounds when they won 12 straight before a September 18 game against Pittsburgh - 42-year-old Honus Wagner drove in the Pirates' only run with a sacrifice fly - was called by rain after nine innings and the score tied 1-1. The call was reversed and ruled a foul ball.



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