Cubs crush Indians to send World Series to Game 7

Wed Nov 2, 2016 1:22pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs set up a winner-take-all Game Seven of the World Series by crushing the Cleveland Indians 9-3 on Tuesday to level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship.

Facing elimination, reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta won his second of the series, backed by 22-year-old shortstop Addison Russell, who smashed a grand slam on his way to logging a World Series record-tying six runs batted in.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, who had four hits, also homered for Chicago, who erupted for 13 hits off six Indians pitchers.

The victory kept alive the Cubs' quest of winning their first Fall Classic title in 108 years, and for the second time in as many games Chicago put on hold Cleveland's celebration of a first World Series crown since 1948.

"Anybody who plays this game grows up dreaming of winning a World Series," said Bryant, 24. "We get to play in a Game Seven tomorrow, that's pretty special."

One of the teams will end their drought on Wednesday, but Cleveland fans who came to celebrate a Game Six clincher on an unusually warm night were deflated and left the ballpark early as the Cubs romped.

"It's OK," said Leah Hoheaverger, who left before the end of the eighth inning as fans streamed out of Progressive Field. "We are used to being the underdogs."

Arrieta pitched 5-2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs, striking out nine in registering the win helped by four relievers.   Continued...

Nov 1, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs players Willson Contreras (40) and Addison Russell celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports