The 1935 Cubs hold the mark for most wins in consecutive games with 21 — a mark the Tribe will aim for on Wednesday afternoon, with starter Mike Clevinger on the hill. The Elias Sports Bureau credits the 1916 New York Giants with an MLB-record 26-game winning streak, though that impressive run included a tie within a 27-game stretch.
Kluber was on the mound the last time Cleveland lost — back on Aug. 23 against the Red Sox. During the Tribe’s incredible 20-game run, the ace and his rotation counterparts have powered the streak with overwhelming pitching. The starting staff has gone a combined 18-0 with a 1.71 ERA during the winning streak.
Cleveland now has seven shutouts within this streak and an MLB-leading 19 shutouts on the season. In the latest, which represented Kluber’s sixth career shutout (and third this season), the right-hander struck out eight, scattered five hits and walked none en route to his 16th win of the season.
Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd did his part in trying to halt Cleveland’s momentum, piling up a career-high 116 pitches and limiting the Indians to one run in his five frames. In five career appearances against the Indians, Boyd has turned in a tidy 1.91 ERA in 28 1/3 innings, but one mistake was enough on this night.
Boyd’s lone setback came in the form of a leadoff homer from Francisco Lindor in the first inning, giving Kluber the support he’d need for his latest gem. The Indians tacked on a run in the sixth, when Carlos Santana doubled and eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch from reliever Drew VerHagen.
With the win, the AL Central-leading Indians pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Dodgers for baseball’s best record, pending the result of Los Angeles’ late game with the Giants. Cleveland also saw its magic number to clinch its second straight division crown trimmed to five.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
No. 30 for Lindor: For the 19th time in the past 20 games, the Indians struck first, and it was a familiar hero who delivered in the first inning. Lindor ended an eight-pitch battle vs. Boyd with a leadoff home run, giving the Indians shortstop 30 shots on the season. That put Lindor into a tie with Jimmy Rollins (2007) and Jose Valentin (’04) for the most homers in a season by a switch-hitting shortstop in baseball history. More >
Kluber escapes: Scoring chances against Kluber have been few and far between for teams this season, but Detroit had an opportunistic situation right away. Ian Kinsler led off the game with a double slashed down the right-field line and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Alex Presley. Unfazed, Kluber struck out Miguel Cabrera looking with a borderline, backdoor sinker, and then fanned Nicholas Castellanos swinging to end the threat.
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