10/22/10 11:17 PM ET
Andrus, Cruz's playoff hitting streak reach 11
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
With hits in the Game 6 clincher of the American League Championship Series vs. the Yankees on Friday night, Andrus and Cruz extended their hitting streaks to 11 in Texas' 6-1 win over the Yankees, putting them tied for fourth -- along with Thurman Munson and Roberto Alomar -- for the longest hitting streak to begin a postseason career.
They're now four shy of the leader, Marquis Grissom with 15.
Cruz got his first hit of the game with two outs in the fifth, when he launched a two-run homer off relief pitcher Dave Robertson to give the Rangers a 5-1 lead and bring a sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to its feet.
He's now batting .372 (16-for-43) with five homers -- two in the ALCS -- and eight RBIs in his first postseason.
Andrus, who led off the first with a double and then scored the game's first run, is now batting .320 (17-for-53) with three RBIs, seven stolen bases and six runs scored. With a 3-for-5 game on Wednesday, the 22-year-old surpassed Derek Jeter for the longest hitting streak in the first postseason as a shortstop.
After Grissom, Greg Luzinski ranks second in hitting streaks to begin a postseason career -- among all positions -- with 13. Following him is Darin Erstad, with 12.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.