Together, the Indians and Diamondbacks have accomplished a first in baseball

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The Indians beat the White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to 14 games. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 3-1 to run their winning streak to 13. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in baseball history — spanning 142 years and over 2,800 team-seasons — that two teams have had concurrent winning streaks of at least 13 games. To paraphrase the great Jayson Stark, baseball is great because every day there’s always a chance you’ll see something that’s never happened before.

The Indians also had a 14-game winning streak last season, from June 17 to July 1. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, they’re the first team with winning streaks of at least 13 games in back-to-back seasons since the 1960-61 Yankees.

When the Indians last lost, on August 23 to the Red Sox, they held a 4.5-game lead over the Twins for first place in the AL Central. That lead is now 11 games. When the D-Backs last lost, also on August 23 to the Mets, they held a half-game lead over the Rockies for the first NL Wild Card slot. That lead is now 7.5 games.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.