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Win streak week, Day 3

Winning on the road is hard in Major League Baseball.

In 2022, only 10 of the 30 teams -- 6 in the American League and 4 in the National -- won more often than they lost when playing at foreign ballparks.

In 2021, a dozen teams did it: 7 in the AL, 5 in the NL.

Over the past 10 seasons combined, beginning in 2013, the number is just 7.

The Dodgers were by far the best over that span, with a winning percentage of .572, on 435 wins and 325 losses. That was 40 points higher than the runnerup Guardians (403-355).

Then came the Cardinals (.528), Red Sox (.521), Astros (.518), Yankees (.515) and Rays (.501, on 380-378).

3 more teams won at least 49 percent of their games on the road: the Braves (.496), Mariners (.495) and Brewers (.491).

The Cubs ranked 12th, at .485 (366-389), between the Nationals (.489) and Mets (.482).

2 clubs didn't win ever 40 percent: the Marlins (.388) and Rockies (.389). The Phillies (.402) and Reds (.406) barely did so.

All teams combined had a percentage of .465, losing 1,442 more games than they won, an average of 48 more losses per team.

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It is understandable, then, that long winning streaks on the road are much less frequent than those at home -- and that the longest streak on the road is much shorter.

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EARLIEST RECORDS

In 1901, first season of the Modern Era, the Athletics won 9 in a row, at Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit, over a week in late May and early June.

From Aug. 22 through Sept. 6, the Pirates swept 11 games at St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston and New York.

No team then won more than 8 straight until 1906.

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CUBS PULL AWAY

The Cubs started that season 6-6, then won their next 10 games, 4 at home and 6 on the road, to take over first place.

The streak-ending loss dropped them to second, a half-game behind, but back-to-back wins put them back on top. They never were second again.

Their lead was 6 games by July 22 and 4 games after they ended a home stand with 2 losses to Brooklyn.

The Cubs began their ensuing road trip by winning 4 in a row at Boston, to end July at 66-28.

They lost at Philadelphia on Aug. 1, then shut out the Phillies in both ends of a doubleheader 2 days later.

The next day, Saturday, Aug. 4, they squandered a 3-1 lead midway through the fifth inning at New York and were beaten, 4-7.

They wouldn't lose on the road again for 6 weeks.

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ROWDY BEGINNING

The Cubs beat the Giants, 3-1, on Monday. The Chicago Tribune called it "a contest featured by one of the most rowdy exhibitions seen on a diamond in recent years, at the conclusion of which the crowd began such a hostile demonstration against Umpire [Jim] Johnstone that squads of policemen had to escort him and [fellow umpire Bob] Emslie from the field."

When Giants Manager John McGraw refused to allow Johnstone to enter the Polo Grounds for Tuesday's game, he forfeited the game to the Cubs. Ultimately, the forfeit was voided.

On Wednesday, the league president personally escorted Johnstone into the park. The Cubs then won again, 3-2.

Then they crossed the river and swept 4 games at Brooklyn, giving them 6 straight wins as they headed home, where they beat the Superbas 4 more times.

The Cubs topped the Giants in the opener of a series at the West Side Grounds on Saturday, Aug. 18, then lost to them, 0-7, on Sunday.

Then they won 14 straight at home: 2 vs. the Giants; 4 vs. the Phillies, Beaneaters (today's Braves) and Reds; and 1 vs. the Cardinals.

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A 2-5 loss to the Cards on Sunday, Sept. 2 snapped their home streak.

But on Monday, Labor Day, they kept their road streak going with a pair of wins at Cincinnati. Another victory on Tuesday made it 9 straight away from home.

4 wins at home over the Pirates came next, the last their 100th of the season, against only 32 losses. Their lead in the standings stood at 15.5 games.

The Cubs were rained out at St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 13, then They won on Thursday and Friday.

The second win, by 3-0 behind Ed Reulbach's 3-hitter, tied the Pirates' record of 11 consecutive road triumphs.

A doubleheader was scheduled for Saturday.

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DRAMA IN OPENER

Game 1 was scoreless for 5 innings.

Jimmy Slagle started the Cubs' sixth with a single and reached second when the ball skipped past the center fielder. Jimmy Sheckard laid down a bunt on which both runners were safe.

Moments later, Frank Schulte singled home Slagle. Sheckard scored on a bunt and an infield out.

The Cardinals notched a run in their half and another in the seventh, tying the game at 2.

St. Louis pitcher Fred Beebe tripled with 1 out in the eighth. Then next batter flied to left, where Schulte made the catch and fired a strike to the plate, gunning down Beebe.

Beebe hurt his wrist as he tried to avoid the tag. He managed to blank the Cubs in the 10th, then gave way to reliever Ed Karger.

He and Cubs starter Jack Taylor threw blanks in the 11th and 12th.

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Slagle led off the 13th with a hit and Sheckard bunted him to second. Johnny Kling pinch hit for Schulte and lined a single over the second baseman's head.

Slagle raced for home and beat the right fielder's throw, which eluded the catcher, enabling Kling to wind up on third.

After a strikeout, Kling came home on a single. Joe Tinker delivered a fourth run of the inning with what the Tribune said was "a clean home run," but the official box score says was a triple and error.

Taylor retired the Cardinals to complete the record-setting 12th consecutive road victory. In 13 innings, he scattered 9 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7.

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SHORTY FOR 13TH

The Cubs tallied 2 unearned runs in the first inning of Game 2 and were ahead, 4-0, when darkness ended play after 7 innings, giving the Cubs a 13th consecutive win.

They returned to Chicago, where they beat the Pirates, 5-1, on Sunday for their 12th overall win in a row.

Then it was back on the train, bound for Boston.

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And that is where their historic run of road wins came to an end, on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Mordecai "Three Finger"Brown, winner of 25 games and loser of only 5, surrendered single runs in the first and third innings.

After the Cubs tallied a run in the top of the sixth, the Doves responded with 2 in the bottom.

They added 2 more in the eighth, which proved vital when the Cubs produced 3 in the ninth to make the final score 4-6.

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WINNING STREAK DATA

During their unprecedented 13 consecutive wins away from home, the Cubs outscored their 4 opponents by 48 runs, nearly 4 per game, 64 to 16.

They scored at least 4 runs in 8 of the wins and allowed as many as 3 only twice, 5-3 and 11-3 at Brooklyn, in wins 3 and 6.

The Cubs notched 5 shutouts and gave up a lone run in 2 more games.

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GIANTS CLAIM MARK

The Cubs held the record for slight more than 5 years.

The Giants won 14 in a row between Aug. 9 and Sept. 21, 1911.

Their streak began when the salvaged the last of 3 games against the Cubs. They matched the Cubs' streak with a 7-4 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader at St. Louis on Sept. 20, and established a new mark with a 3-2 win in Game 1 of another twin bill the next day. They lost the second game, 7-8.

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GIANTS LOSE MARK

Less than a year later, the Washington Senators won 16 in a row, in just 17 days, May 30-June 15, 1912.

The Giants had a chance to tie the record in the same season, winning 15 between May 20 and July 6. Two days later, they fell to the Cubs, 2-7, as Jimmy Lavender held them to 5 singles, all from the top 4 in their order. The Cubs made 10 hits, 7 from their bottom 4, including a double and 2 singles by No. 6 Vic Saier and a triple and single by No. 7 Johnny Evers. Jimmy Archer had a 2-run single and Lavender singled home a run.

The Giants won the pennant in 1912, as they had in 1911 and would in 1913. Then they slipped to second place in 1914 and tumbled to eighth and last in 1915.

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GIANTS STRUGGLE

The Giants lost at Philadelphia on Opening Day of 1916, won the next day, then dropped 8 in a row and 12 of 13, the last 4 at home, making them 2-13 as they began a marathon road trip at Pittsburgh on May 9.

The Giants won that day, 13-5. They won the 3 remaining games of the series, too, the last by 3-2 in 10 innings.

On May 14 and 15, they beat the Cubs, 6-4 and 3-2.

4 wins at St. Louis brought their streak to 10 games.

3 at Cincinnati made it 13.

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Their next stop was Boston. They rolled to a 12-1 victory to begin the series, then pushed across a run in the ninth to win the opener of a Saturday doubleheader, 2-1.

In the rematch, RBI doubles in the first and fourth, the latter by Fred Merkle, put the Giants in front, 2-0.

The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth, but the next batter hit into a 4-6-3 double play, on which a run scored, then a runner on third was stranded on a fly out.

Boston got a leadoff single in the ninth. An out and a 6-4-3 double play secured the Giants' record-tying 16th straight victory.

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GIANTS RECLAIM RECORD

Baseball still was banned in Boston on Sundays in 1916, so it was not until Monday that the Giants made their bid to claim the all-time record.

Their first batter of the game singled, went to second on a 1-out grounder to first and scored on a hit.

That would have been the only run the Giants needed, as Christy Mathewson shut out the Braves on 4 singles. But they got 2 more in the eighth, on a bases-loaded wild pitch and groundout, so the final score was 3-0.

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The Giants journeyed to Philadelphia, where they faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 30.

For 7 innings, neither team scored.

The Giants went down in order in the eighth. The Phillies did not.

After a leadoff single, the next batter bunted to the pitcher, who threw wildly to second, leaving runners on the corners.

A bunt single scored the runner from third, then a triple brought home 2 more runners. The batter who had tripled was tagged out on a grounder, but the batter after that slugged a 2-run homer to cap a 5-run uprising.

The Giants avoided a shutout in the ninth, when an 2-out pickoff throw to first base was so far off target, the runner circled the bases.

A foul popup moments later cemented the 1-5 loss, bringing the Giants' 17-game road winning streak to an end.

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During the streak, the Giants rose from last place, 8.5 games out of first, to second, 1.5 behind.

A win at home on June 3 brought them to within half a game of the top spot, but they never came closer. After a third straight loss at home to the Cubs on June 14, they were third, 4.5 back.

By July 26, they were fifth, 10 behind. A win the next day lifted them to fourth, and there they stayed, away each of their final 74 games. They wound up 7 games to the rear, at 86-66.

They closed out the season with losses in 3 of 4 games at Brooklyn, making them just 39-36 on the road.

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GIANTS KEEP RECORD

17 in a row remains the single-season record for consecutive road wins to this day. That is 7 fewer than the record of 24 at home, set by the Pirates in 1978 and matched by the Red Sox in 1988.

The Giants' road feat in 1916 has been duplicated just once, during the Tigers' remarkable 35-5 start to the 1984 season.

The record-tying road win was the last game of that run, a 5-1 victory that completed a 3-game sweep at Anaheim on May 24.

The Tigers never led the next night, as they lost, 3-7, at Seattle. They lost there the following 2 days as well.

Detroit had won its final 4 road games of 1983, giving it a 2-season streak of 21 games.

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15 TIMES 5

The Tigers are the only team to win more than 15 in a row on the road in the 106 years since the Giants' 17-game streak in 1916.

The Red Sox won 15 in 1939. So did the White Sox in 1951, the Yankees in 1953, the Reds in 1957 and the Dodgers in 2013.

The Mariners had a 15-game streak spanning 2001 (5 games) and 2002 (10).

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After their last road win of 2001, the Mariners won 3 in a row at home against the Rangers to tie the 1906 Cubs' record of 106 wins in a season.

Seattle's final game was tied at 3 after 4 innings and stayed that way until the top of the ninth.

With 2 outs and nobody on, Michael Young hit a first-pitch single. Alex Rodriguez worked a full-count walk. Then ex-Cub Rafael Palmeiro singled through the right, driving home Young.

The Mariners mustered only 2 fly balls and a grounder, as they lost, 3-4. Cubs fans rejoiced.

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CUBS' OTHER LONG STREAKS

Since their 13 straight road wins in 1906, the Cubs have had only 4 more double-digit streaks of success away from home -- none in more than three quarters of a century.

They won 10 in a row in 1917, then did it again the next year, en route to a pennant.

They took 11 straight as visitors in 1944, then 12 a year later on their way to another title.

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The 1945 streak began with a 4-3 win at New York in Game 2 of a doubleheader on July 1.

The Cubs won 4 straight at Boston (24-2, then 5-3 and 7-6 in a doubleheader) and 5 at Philadelphia (11-3 and 5-1 in a doubleheader, 3-0, and 12-6 and 9-2 in a doubleheader).

The last 2 games brought the streak to 10 games. The Cubs' next 23 games were at home, so they did go on the road again until Aug. 3, then they took a pair at Cincinnati, 11-5 and 9-1.

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The next day, the Cubs led, 3-1, midway through the fourth inning. The Reds tied the game with a 2-run double in the fifth and took the lead on a 2-out RBI single in the sixth.

The Cubs wasted a 1-out single in the seventh.

They left runners at first and third in the eighth.

Their leadoff man in the ninth doubled but tried to stretch it into a triple and was thrown out.

A fly ball, a single and ground out saddled them with a streak-ending, 3-4 defeat.

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TOMORROW: Cubs' winning streaks vs. individual opponents

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