DETROIT – The Cleveland Indians beat Detroit for the 20th straight time, nearing the major league record for most wins by a team over a single opponent, as Franmil Reyes hit two home runs to defeat the Tigers 8-5 Sunday.
Baltimore holds the mark with 23 consecutive wins over Kansas City in 1969-70. The Indians can match the record when they host Detroit in a three-game series next weekend.
The New York Yankees currently have an active streak of 18 straight wins against the Orioles.
“They have our number right now but it just takes one,” Tigers starter Michael Fulmer said. “We go to Cleveland next week and hopefully buckle down on the starting pitching there. I have these guys in five days again.”
Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Sandy Leon also homered as the Indians connected a season-high five times. Reyes, who had three hits, homered three times in the three-game sweep, but exited in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch in the left hand.
“It was painful at the beginning, but it went away, thank God,” said Reyes, who pointed to the dugout on his way to first after his long seventh-inning homer. “What I could see from the team, especially today, was the support we give each other. How the guys are fired up in the dugout.”
Manager Terry Francona said X-rays were negative.
Detroit lost its fifth in a row.