Bruce, Perez lift Indians to AL-record 21st straight win

The Cleveland Indians now have the longest winning streak in American League history following their 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Progressive Field.

Yet it has become clear during this streak that the Indians aren't getting lucky, or pressing in any way.

With one swing of the bat, outfielder Jay Bruce turned a one-run deficit into a 3-1 lead for the Indians, as he belted a 1-1 pitch from Tigers starter Buck Farmer over the wall in left-center field for a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. But unlike these details, the Giants' record has stood the test of time and is still the streak to beat.

Chief among them is the Giants' streak includes a 1-1 draw with the Pirates in the second game of a double-header called after eight innings because of rain. And, oh by the way?

How historic the Indians' streak is partly depends on definitions.

Cleveland hasn't lost since August 23 and has outscored its opponents 121-32 in the streak. Ain't happenin' with Tito's Indians.

"The Giants' 26-game winning streak has existed since the beginning of time". During the streak, they have had a run differential of plus-104. One is that I'm glad they didn't get blown out, and the other is that playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in game one is a awful way to start to the season.

Starting pitcher Corey Kluber was dominant. And Edwin Encarnacion providing all of his danger and swagger in the middle of the order, 34 home runs and counting after a slow start. Former All-Star Jason Kipnis has also been out. The Indians keep going.

If the defending American League Champions continue their roll any longer, the man who played Scott Hatteberg in the 2011 film Moneyball may be needed to bring his baseball-acting chops back to the big screen.

In his past six appearances overall, five of them starts, Clevinger is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA. It is the Indians. Houston was swept over four miserable games at Oakland last weekend, blowing leads in the first three before ace Dallas Keuchel fell apart in the finale. From there they welcomed Kansas City (who always seem to be in the middle of these streaks...), travelled to NY and swept the Yankees, which included a doubleheader thanks to a postponed second game of the series. "We try to learn from each game and move on as quickly as we can". However, it's a bit of a small sample size as the Indians have only had 34 plate appearances with the bases loaded in their previous 20 games. "I haven't heard anybody in there talking about how many games in a row we've won or anything like that". And sometimes you never come back.

The Indians aren't accustomed to play from behind, but they briefly experienced the sensation when the Tigers scored in the top of the first inning. But they sure do now.

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