It is over. The Cleveland Indians have lost a game, putting an end to their American League-record 22-game win streak on Friday night. Th Kansas City Royals had the honor of doing so, rallying behind Jason Vargas's 16th win of the season for a 4-3 victory. Francisco Lindor struck out as the go-ahead run at the plate to end the game and the streak, although, The Tribe exited to a standing ovation from their sold-out crowd. Brandon Moss's home run off of Trevor Bauer was the difference, as Bauer suffered his ninth loss, and first in five starts. The Indians had defeated the Royals five times during their win streak, including shutting them out for an entire weekend series a couple weeks back. Kansas City got revenge to stay relevant in the Wild Card hunt, as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit early on. Jose Ramirez went deep for the 27th time this season to give Cleveland that lead in the third inning. The AL Central leaders would fail to score again, as the 1916 New York Giants hang on to baseball's longest undefeated run at 26 games. The Indians trailed in only 12 of the 207 innings of the streak, outscoring opponents 145-41 during the run. The Indians will have to move on, which was manager Terry Francona's message in his postgame interview, as their series continues with Kansas City on Saturday afternoon.
Dodgers Crush Nats for Third Straight Victory
The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have put their 11-game losing streak behind them, as they recorded a convincing road win on Friday night. Alex Wood threw six shutout innings, while Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Yasiel Puig all went deep in a 7-0 rout of the Washington Nationals. Wood struck out eight and had only three hits against him in his 15th win, as the Dodgers have overcome a run that saw them drop 16 of 17 overall. They sat 55 games over .500 on August 25th before the struggles began, as their magic number to clinch the NL West sits at six. Friday was the first Dodgers' visit to D.C. since they won Game 5 of the NLDS last season, as they extended their lead to six games over the Nats for the National League's best record. The Dodgers won the final two games in San Francisco to begin their minor win streak, as their starting pitchers have allowed just one run over 19 innings during the run. Nationals starter Edwin Jackson was charged with all seven runs in the first three innings for his sixth loss of the season. Chase Utley and Andre Ethier each had an RBI on the night, helping the Dodgers knock Jackson out after 2.1 innings. The series shifts to Fox Saturday Baseball for a matinee contest in Game 2.
Red Sox Pull Away From Rays in 15th
It took a while, but the Boston Red Sox completed their impressive comeback on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night. After scoring three in the ninth to tie the game and force extras, the Red Sox scored seven times in the 15th to secure a 13-6 victory over their division rivals. Boston improved to 13-3 in extra-inning contests this season by outlasting a 6-hour, 5-minute marathon game at Tropicana Field. They also extended their AL East lead to three games over the New York Yankees, as they have won seven of nine overall. Austin Pruitt suffered his fifth loss for Tampa Bay after starting the rally with by walking Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley scored scored on an error against second baseman Brad Miller, while Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, and Deven Marrero all drove in runs to pad the lead. Brandon Workman earned the win for Boston, as Blaine Boyer finished things off as the 21st pitcher to enter the game. Nine of those wore the Boston uniform, as the Red Sox set a franchise record by striking out 24 Rays on the night. Wilson Ramos went deep twice, including once off of Boston starer Chris Sale, while Adeiny Hechavarria also connected against the Red Sox's ace to build the Rays' early lead. Friday was the first game at St. Petersburg since Hurricane Irma, and it will host Game 2 of the series on Saturday night.