Cleveland Indians set AL record with 21 straight wins

Kansas City, MO - August 31, 2014 - Kauffman Stadium: Cody Allen (37) of the Cleveland Indians during a regular season Sunday Night Baseball game (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

The Cleveland Indians have set an American League record for consecutive wins by beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday at Progressive Field.

With the win, the Indians have won 21 straight games, besting the mark set by the Oakland A’s 15 years ago. Cleveland moves into a tie with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak in MLB history.

The Major League Baseball record for the longest winning streak is 26 games, set by the New York Giants in 1916.

Detroit looked to put an end to the streak, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Cleveland responded in the bottom of the frame with a three-run home run by right fielder Jay Bruce, his 34th of the season.

Closing out the game for the historic win was Cody Allen, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save of the season. Allen is vocal about his faith in Jesus Christ and he spoke about how it helps him on and off the mound.

“My relationship with Jesus Christ, that allows me to keep things in perspective,” Allen told CBN’s Shawn Brown after Game 2 of the World Series. “You don’t want to add pressure to situations. You walk away from it at the end of the day and you understand, this is a job, this is a game, this is something that I love to do, something that I’ve been extremely blessed to do, and a platform the Lord has given me to use to reach other people, and we understand that we are here for a purpose and that doesn’t include playing baseball, although baseball is a great honor and I’m glad to do it, that’s not why we are here.”

MLB Closeup: Cody Allen

Cleveland goes for it’s 22nd consecutive win on Thursday hosting the Kansas City Royals in the opening game of a 4-game series.