Since the Cleveland Cavaliers (yes I found a reason to bring up the Cavs in an Indians story) won the NBA Finals on June 19th, the Cleveland Indians haven’t lost a single game. Not only are they undefeated at home in the month of June, but with a win yesterday over the Atlanta Braves 5-3, they’re riding a league best 11 game win streak which is the Indians’ longest winning streak in 34 years. Without a doubt, they’re the hottest team in the majors right now.
Carlos Santana hit a single in the ninth inning that broke a tie while Corey Kluber allowed only three hits in eight innings. Kluber stated”No one is really talking about the winning streak,” after the game. “Ultimately, an 11-game game winning streak doesn’t mean much if you don’t continue to build the momentum that you have.”
The Indians haven’t won 12 straight games since the 1922 season and the longest streaks in franchise history is 13 games set in both 1942 and 1951. Kluber, now 8-7 on the season, didn’t allow a hit through five innings. He only allowed two runs on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Cleveland improved its AL Central lead to six games
Tyler Naquin got walked to open the ninth and then walked Juan Uribe on four pitches. With pinch-runner Rajai Davis at first base, Santana’s single to right field drove in Naquin. Braves shortstop Erick Aybar couldn’t hold on to a Francisco Lindor grounder for an error, allowing Davis to score. Jose Ramirez added a run-scoring single up the middle. Atlanta’s Jace Peterson hit a homer off Cody Allen in the ninth. Freddie Freeman added a triple off the center-field wall before Allen ended the game on Nick Markakis’ fly ball for his 15th save of the season.