Cleveland Indians tie record, stretch win streak to 20

Sept 12 (Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians equaled an American League record 20th straight win on Tuesday when they beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to continue their amazing streak.

Ace pitcher Corey Kluber tossed a complete game shutout to set off a celebration at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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Cleveland's run ties the 2002 Oakland Athletics whose own 20-game run inspired the movie 'Moneyball', which focused on the team's use of analytics to recruit players and overcome a restricted budget.

The Indians (89-56) now have a stranglehold on first place in the AL Central and are the talk of the majors.

"We haven't talked about it at all," Kluber told reporters. "I haven't heard anybody in there talking about how many games in a row we've won or anything like that.

"Obviously we're aware of it, just because of the attention that it gets, but it's not something that we're focusing on."

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Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela (39), shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and second baseman Jose Ramirez (11) celebrate a win over the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Yandy Diaz (36) and third baseman Giovanny Urshela (39) celebrate after the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) scores as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) is late with the tag during the third inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela (39) celebrates after scoring during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) watches his solo home run in front of New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) celebrates with Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after defeating the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) pitches the ball during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Kyle Crockett (57) pitches the ball during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela (39) first baseman Carlos Santana (41) shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez (11) celebrates his home run with teammates in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) slides safely into home plate past Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith (36) during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (middle) celebrates his solo home run with teammates in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and center fielder Bradley Zimmer (4) celebrate a win over the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) looks back to the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer watches as Baltimore Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham stretches before the first pitch in the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) slides into third with a three-run triple during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) delivers in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians fans celebrate the team's 20th consecutive win after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indians will host Detroit on Wednesday and bid to reach the Major League record of 21 consecutive wins set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The 1916 New York Giants played the most games without a loss, which was 26, but recorded one tie during the stretch.

Kluber was the starting pitcher the last time the Indians tasted defeat, a 6-1 loss to Boston on Aug. 23, and said he was motivated not to be the pitcher to end the streak.

Kluber (16-4) was in prime form as he struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

Francisco Lindor hit his 30th home run of the season in the first inning while the Indians added another run in the sixth.

Cleveland have outscored opponents by a score of 134-32 during their run, dominating teams in a fashion that does not rely on one or two standouts.

"We're a real team. Everyone goes out there and tries to do whatever it takes to win that day," Lindor told an on-field reporter. "Everyone here is counting on each other and we're not thinking one guy has to do it.

"We continue to back each other up and hope for the best." 

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