CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history.
Cleveland had its American League-record record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday as the Indians were beaten, 4-3, by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team since the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 23 to best the defending league champions.
Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth inning, and Brandon Moss hit a home run off of Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball’s longest victory streak in 101 years.
The Indians set a new American League mark and came within four wins of matching the overall record held by the 1916 New York Giants.
Following a magical, walk-off victory in extra innings on Thursday, the Indians could not muster another late rally against the Royals on Friday night.
After Francisco Lindor struck out with a runner at first base to end the game, the fans at…