CLEVELAND (TNS) — Somehow, the streak is still alive.
Somehow, the Indians came back in thrilling fashion Thursday to win their 22nd game in a row.
Somehow, it seems as though the Indians can never again be counted out.
Trailing by one run for most of the night, and down to their final strike, the Indians rallied in the ninth to tie it and then won it in the 10th, pulling off their first walk-off win during the streak to take down the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, before a raucous, playoff-like crowd at Progressive Field.
With the streak three outs from dying, the Royals turned to closer Kelvin Herrera in the ninth. And the Indians found their magic at the last possible second.
On a 2-2 pitch, Francisco Lindor came through, doubling off the wall in left field to score Erik Gonzalez, in the game as a pinch-runner, from first to tie it 2-2 and send Progressive Field into bedlam.
The Indians finished one of the most memorable games in park history in the 10th. Facing Brandon Maurer, Jose Ramirez led off the inning by ripping a ball into center field and stretching it into a double with a terrific slide to just beat the throw into second base. It was his 50th double of the season. Edwin Encarnacion then walked to put two on with no outs.
That led to Jay Bruce, who ripped a double to right field to win it, securing the Indians’ 22nd consecutive win and by far the wildest game in the streak.
The winning streak now stands alone as the second-longest of all time, behind only the 1916 New York Giants’ streak of 26, which includes a tie in the middle.
The Indians entered the game having trailed at the completion of only four innings in 21 games. They trailed by that many on Thursday night alone, until the improbable comeback in the ninth and 10th innings.
For the second consecutive game and only the third time in the last 22, the Indians did not score first. Facing starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, Eric Hosmer walked and Salvador Perez singled to put runners on the corners in the second inning. Mike Moustakas followed by grounding into a double play, but it was enough to score the run.
In Wednesday’s win, the Indians trailed for roughly 18 minutes.