On Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians brought their 20-game winning streak to Detroit to face the Tigers. A win would give Cleveland the new American League record for most wins in a row. Thanks to a three-run first inning and home runs from two of their star players, the team did just that. The Indians picked up a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers to win a record-setting 21st game in their ongoing streak. Here's the latest Indians vs. Tigers recap including top performers, stats, a standings update, and what's next for the teams.

Game recap

The Detroit Tigers were able to get ahead 1-0 in the first inning thanks to a Jeimer Candelario double to left center. That scored Alex Presley, but Cleveland answered with a three run home run from Jay Bruce in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. With a 3-1 lead, Cleveland added another run in the third inning from an Edwin Incarnation single to score Ramirez. Detroit would score two runs but that was it as the Indians added another in the seventh inning to capture a 5-3 decision.

For the Cleveland Indians, Bruce hit his fifth home run, while catcher Roberto Perez added his sixth of the season. Francisco Lindor would finish the day 2-for-4 at the plate with no RBIs and a run scored.

Mike Clevinger picked up the win to move his record to 10-5 for the MLB season. Clevinger recorded six strikeouts in 5.2 innings and gave up six hits for three runs total. Cody Allen earned the save, his 27th of the MLB season, while Detroit's Buck Farmer had the loss. Farmer (4-3) pitched four innings and struck out seven, but gave up four hits and four runs.

Today's winning streak mark set by Cleveland is in the record books. It will be the second-longest winning streak set since 1900, as the Chicago Cubs had a 22-game win streak in 1935. Both teams are behind the all-time record which is owned by the New York Giants. Their 1916 squad had 26-straight games with no losses, but a tie was part of that run.

What's up next

Today's win becomes part of MLB history for the Cleveland Indians. They're now 90-56 overall and 42-29 with 21 wins in a row. They'll try for a 22nd win in a row on Thursday night when they host the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Josh Tomlin will be on the mound for Cleveland against KC's Jake Junis.

The Detroit Tigers are pretty much going to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. The team is now 60-85 overall and 28-47 on the road. They will return home for a Friday afternoon game with the Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. Chad Bell will get the start for Detroit against James Shields of the White Sox.