Jay Bruce and Roberto Perez both homered as the Cleveland Indians set an American League record with their 21st consecutive win — a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Cleveland had matched the 2002 Oakland Athletics’ 20-game winning streak with a win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
With another triumph in front of ecstatic home fans in Cleveland they surpassed that AL record, and tied the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak in Major League history.
The 26-game wining streak by the 1916 New York Giants is considered the longest ever in the Major Leagues — despite the fact that the Giants’ run actually included one tie game, which wasn’t counted toward official statistics.
“It’s pretty special,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, who has played down the streak in a bid to ease pressure on his players, who haven’t lost a game since August 23.
The Indians have out-scored opponents 139-35 during the streak. (Agence France-Presse)