The Cleveland Indians’ 22-Game Win Streak Is Ended by the Royals


The Indians and their fans saluted each other after Friday’s loss ended the streak.

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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…

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