Indians set new AL record for consecutive wins, push streak to 21 games

For a few fleeting minutes, the Indians were in relative trouble. The Tigers pushed across a run in the top of the first, and with that the Indians for just the second game of this streak failed to score the first run. It also put them in danger of trailing for just the fifth inning during said streak. Then, however, Buck Farmer’s faltering command led up to this Jay Bruce three-run shot, which was held up on review …

Per win expectancy, that gave the Indians a 70.5 percent chance of winning their 21st straight game. Recent history, of course, makes that figure feel like an undersell. The Tigers made things interesting in the middle innings, but the Cleveland bullpen in relief of Mike Clevinger worked 3 1/3 scoreless, and Roberto Perez added some insurance with a solo homer in the seventh. Cleveland went on to prevail by a score of 5-3 (box score).

So that’s 21 in a row. That now stands alone as the AL record, and it also ties the mark of the 1935 Cubs. To hear most tell it, that’s the all-time record, but it’s not quite that simple. John McGraw’s 1916 Giants won 26 in a row, but that mark is somewhat compromised by a tie that was mixed in. 

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