Francisco Lindor hit a home run and the Indians came from behind to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in Cleveland on Saturday and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games.
The Orioles scored in the top of the first inning, but Giovanny Urshela tied it with an RBI-double in the third inning and Jay Bruce put Cleveland ahead for good with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Josh Tomlin (9-9) pitched into the sixth inning to win his fifth consecutive decision, while Cody Allen picked up his 25th save of the season for the Indians.
Cleveland’s winning streak is the longest since the Oakland A’s won 20 consecutive games in 2002. The major league record is held by the New York Giants, who had a 26-game streak in 1916. The Giants’ streak included a tie, which is not counted as a game played in baseball.
The Indians have not lost since Aug. 23, and have outscored their opponents 118-30 during the winning streak.
“It’s one of those crazy things where you’re just playing good baseball,” said Allen. “We’re not really thinking about it as much as you guys are.”
Orioles rookie Gabriel Ynoa (1-1) allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in making his first start of the season. Adam Jones went 2-for-4 and was the only player with multiple hits for Baltimore, which managed just five total hits off Tomlin and five Indians relievers.
Tomlin’s day ended after giving up a home run to Tim Beckham in the top of the sixth, but Lindor got the run back with his 28th homer of the season in the bottom of the inning.
“They’re a heck of a team, man,” Beckham said. “They have everything they need to win ballgames. You just give it your all and don’t waste any at-bats because you can’t afford to.”
NOTES: The Indians are now 2-0 on their 10-game homestand after going 11-0 on a road trip that concluded Thursday. … Cleveland’s Edwin Encarnacion has reached base in 32 consecutive games. … Orioles right fielder Austin Hays went 0-for-2 while making his first major league start. The third-round draft pick in 2016 batted ninth in the lineup. … Bradley Zimmer (0-for-3) was the only Indians starter without a hit Saturday.
UP NEXT: Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-3, 6.87 ERA since being acquired from Philadelphia) will face Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (15-8, 4.39 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday.