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Indians rally to win in 10th, streak at 22

By JIM INGRAHAM
The Sports Xchange

September 14. 2017 11:25PM
Cleveland's Jay Bruce (front center) is congratulated after his game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning of Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND — Jay Bruce’s RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, extending the Indians’ American League-record winning streak to 22 games.

It is the second longest winning streak in major league history, trailing only the 26-game run by the 1916 New York Giants.

It was the first walkoff win by the Indians during their winning streak, during which they have outscored their opponents 142-37.

After Cleveland tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-strike RBI double by Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez led off the bottom of the 10th with a hustle double to center field, his fourth hit of the game, off Brandon Maurer (2-2).

Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk before Bruce hit a line drive down the right field line for a double.

Cleveland closer Cody Allen (3-6) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th.

Trailing 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Tyler Naquin, pinch hitting for Brandon Guyer, singled off Royals closer Kelvin Herrera. Francisco Mejia, pinch hitting for Yan Gomes, grounded into a force out at second and was replaced by pinch runner Erik Gonzalez.

Lindor then doubled off the left field wall, scoring Gonzalez with the tying run. It was Herrera’s fifth blown save of the season.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin gave up two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

In the sixth inning, with the score tied 1-1 and Royals right fielder Melky Cabrera on first, Eric Hosmer hit a fly ball down the left field line. Left fielder Abraham Almonte, after a long run, attempted a sliding catch, but missed. The ball bounced away for a double, scoring Cabrera.

Cleveland missed a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Ramirez walked and attempted a steal of second. Ramirez slid head-first and his hand reached the bag before the tag by second baseman Whit Merrifield. But Merrifield kept the tag on Ramirez, whose hand came off the bag, and he was called out.

Cleveland challenged the call, but after a video review the call was upheld. It became a big call, because Encarnacion then singled, and Bruce drew a walk. But Santana grounded out to third to end the inning.

Indians reliever Andrew Miller entered the game in the seventh inning, his first appearance since Aug. 21. He had been on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee. Miller gave up two singles, but struck out a batter, and got Alex Gordon to hit into an inning-ending double play.

After Tomlin retired the side in order in the first inning, the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second. Hosmer led off with a walk, and he went to third on a single by Salvador Perez.

Mike Moustakas’ groundball to second baseman Jose Ramirez was turned into a double play, but Hosmer scored on the play to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

The Indians tied it with a run in the third inning. Almonte led off with a double to right field. Kansas City starter Jake Junis retired the next two batters, but Lonnie Chisenhall lined a single to right to drive in Almonte with the tying run.

The Royals threatened to score in the fifth, when Perez led off with a single, boosting his career average versus Tomlin to .500 (20-for-40). Tomlin struck out Moustakas, but a single by Brandon Moss put runners at first and third with one out.

But Tomlin struck out Alcides Escobar and Gordon to end the inning.


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