By Chandler Guadagjnin
23 consecutive wins was just not in the cards for the Cleveland Indians as with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the Tribe saw their record setting win streak snapped at 22 games.
The Indians sent right-handed starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jason Vargas. Cleveland would strike first on a Edwin Encarnacion sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. However, Kansas City would draw even almost immediately. With one out in the top of the second, Alcides Escobar would take 3-2 pitch over the wall for a solo homer. The Tribe would jump out in front in the bottom of the third, on a Jose Ramirez 2-run home run; making it 3 to 1.
The Royals would show their tenacity though, putting up single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th; with the knock out blow coming off the bat of Lorenzo Cain, scoring Alex Gordon with two outs in the 6th, making it 4-3.
There it would stay as Royals reliever Mike Minor would shut the door on the Indians for the first save of his long career.
As the last out was recorded, it was surreal scene as Cleveland fans gave the Indians a standing ovation, while tipping their caps.
With the loss, the Indians drop to 91 and 57. On the flip side, with the victory, the Royals rise to 73 and 74.
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