Sweet 16: Indians roll to 16th straight, 5-0, over Orioles

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 8: Francisco Lindor #12 celebrates with manager Terry Francona #17 and bench coach Brad Mills #2 of the Cleveland Indians after Lindor scored during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field on September 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– Edwin Encarnacion and the Cleveland Indians won their 16th straight game, extending the best streak in franchise history by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Friday night.

Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning into some trees next to Heritage Park, the team’s hallowed area where past Cleveland stars and teams are immortalized.

These 2017 Indians are making a case for their inclusion.

Mike Clevinger (9-5) improved his chances to pitch in the postseason with six strong innings as AL Central leaders became just the third team in the expansion era — since 1961 — to win 16 straight in a season.

Cleveland’s string is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002.

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