CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians added a walk-off win to a streak that has had everything.
Jay Bruce hit an RBI double in the 10th inning as the Indians rallied for their 22nd consecutive win to extend their AL record, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Thursday night. Cleveland is within four wins of matching the 1916 New York Giants for the longest winning streak in major league history.
After blowouts, shutouts and oh-so-easy wins, the Indians went into extra innings for the first time to keep the longest streak in 101 years intact.
Ramirez led off the 10th with a hard hit into right-center off Brandon Maurer that he turned into a double with a head-first slide. After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Bruce, the recent arrival from the New York Mets who hit a three-run homer in win No. 21 on Wednesday, ripped a 2-0 pitch for a double into the right-field corner.
The Indians were down to their last strike in the ninth before Francisco Lindor hit a tying double.
As Progressive Field shook, Bruce reached second base and was quickly mobbed by his teammates, who doused him with ice water and talcum powder while tearing the front of his jersey.
These Indians aren't stopping for anything.
Down to their last strike in the ninth, the Indians rallied to tie it at 2-all off closer Kelvin Herrera, with Lindor delivering his clutch shot off the left-field wall, just above the leap of four-time Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon, to score pinch-runner Erik Gonzalez from first.
As Lindor's ball caromed off the wall and rolled slowly across the grass in left field, 30,874 fans cheered. This was the AL Central leaders' most dramatic win this season.
The Indians entered the day tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak, and now only trail those '16 Giants, who won 26 in a row.
Unlike many of Cleveland's game's over the past three weeks, this one required late-innings work by the Indians, who have outscored their opponents 142-37 during this unimaginable run.
With one out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin singled to left off Herrera, who then got rookie Francisco Mejia to bounce into a force. But Lindor, the blossoming superstar shortstop who has been Cleveland's best hitter throughout the streak, came through with his double.
Cody Allen worked the 10th and it wasn't routine as Brandon Moss led off with a shot to the wall that Naquin caught while pinned up to the bullpen fence.