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Indians Beat Tigers to Set American League Record with 21st Straight Win
Ron Schwane/Associated Press One day after tying the American League record for consecutive wins, the Cleveland Indians earned their 21st straight victory with a 5-3 triumph over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
The 2002 Oakland Athletics previously held the longest winning streak by an AL team. Cleveland's 21st straight win matches the 1880 Chicago White Stockings and 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest in Major League Baseball history. The 1916 New York Giants own the MLB record with 26 straight wins, though Cleveland's streak has brought up a question about that mark. During the 13th game of the streak, per Baseball-Reference. com, the Giants' contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates was ruled a tie due to darkness, and the game was never finished. Steve Hirdt, executive vice president at the Elias Sports Bureau, explained to Tom Withers of the Associated Press why the Giants' streak is still credited as being 26 straight wins instead of an unbeaten streak. "It's the longest winning streak, it's the record for most consecutive wins, etc., because a tie game breaks neither a winning streak or losing streak for a team because it always gets replayed unless the season ends first," Hirdt said.
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