Cleveland Indians break American League record, but stadium still not selling out

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor and Kansas City Royals' Drew Butera watch his two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland Saturday Sept. 16 2017

Cleveland Indians break American League record, but stadium still not selling out

Incredibly, it was the Indians' first walk-off win their 22-game streak.

Unlike many of Cleveland's game's over the past three weeks, this one required a little late-innings work by the Indians, who have outscored their opponents 142-37 during this unimaginable run that has put them on the cusp of another Central title and possibly finish with the league's best record.

The last team to win 21 straight, the 1935 Chicago Cubs, played in an eight-team National League with no interleague play. They're learning on the job right smack in the middle of this. This became a night for the ages because Terry Francona's group didn't dominate.

Despite the tie, the Giants' streak is acknowledged as the record by Elias Sports Bureau, Major League's Baseball's statistical watchdog. "I hit it to the wrong guy, '" Lindor said.

"Everyone comes here and gets ready to play and I think that's something that speaks volumes". Seriously. They've basically been playing with a level of dominance each night, so much so that they didn't need a last at-bat win until Thursday. "I know when I had a chance to experience it first hand 20 years ago when we were in the midst of our run with the Indians, there was nothing like it in terms of the fan support and city support". On Thursday, it took approximately 24 minutes for that lead to be erased.

Photo The Indians were down to their final strike of the game when Francisco Lindor hit a game-tying double.

Over the Indians three-week tear, which started with a victory against the Boston Red Sox on August 24, they've played 189 innings, trailing in only four.

After giving up the early run, Clevinger and the Indians dugout didn't flinch. I think we had one previous year.

"I just said, 'Who would've thought?' " Bruce recalled.

It's a great story for anyone that loves the sport of baseball, but for gamblers, it's hard not to see a missed opportunity to cash in.

Somehow, it seems as though the Indians can never again be counted out. Hosmer led off with a walk, and he went to third on a single by Salvador Perez.

The Tigers drew to within one run in the sixth inning.

Miguel Cabrera started the Tigers' eighth with a single to right.

BOSTON - Drew Pomeranz pitched six solid innings for his 16th win, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs, leading Boston over Oakland. Nick Goody entered and escaped the inning. Over the streak, starter Corey Kluber has thrown 32 innings, posting a 1.41 ERA and walking only two.

Roberto Perez added a homer in the seventh and four Cleveland relievers finished, with Cody Allen getting his 27th save.

McCann was quickly tossed, followed by Ausmus, who had to hold his catcher back. He was down for a few moments but remained in the game.

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