Indians a win from Series title after crushing Cubs

Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:56am EDT
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By Larry Fine

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians moved within one victory of winning the World Series with a 7-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday that gave them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.

The Cubs, appearing in the World Series for the first time in 71 years and looking for their first title since 1908, were on the brink of elimination after a lackluster display in their second successive loss before a hushed Wrigley Field crowd.

The Indians were powered by home runs from Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, and gifted with runs from some sloppy fielding and misfiring pitching. Kipnis and Santana had three hits each to pace Cleveland's relentless 10-hit attack.

Ace Corey Kluber, the Game One winner, once again shut the door on the Cubs, holding them to one run in six innings of work for his second victory, putting the Indians in reach of their first championship triumph in 68 years.

The right-hander extended his outstanding postseason run to three earned runs in 30 1/3 innings for a 0.89 ERA.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said he would not tinker with his team's attitude or approach going into Sunday's potential Series clincher.

"Nothing changes," said Francona. "We'll show up and try to beat a really good pitcher tomorrow and that's what we always do."


Oct 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (right) after game four of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Indians defeated the Cubs 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports