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Indians Take 3-1 Lead In World Series

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Behind another strong start by Corey Kluber, the Indians take a 3-1 lead in the World Series

With a two games to one lead in the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians decided to give the ball to ace Corey Kluber on three days rest. In Game 1, Kluber completely shut down the Chicago Cubs offense in route to a 6-0 Indians win. Game 4 would be more of the same for the Cleveland right-hander.

After an Anthony Rizzo RBI single in the first inning, Kluber settled down and found his groove. He would not allow another run through six innings and would only allow five hits while striking out six. In two starts this World Series, Kluber has a 0.75 ERA with a 2-0 record.

The Indians responded with two runs in the second inning off of Cubs starter John Lackey. Lackey would be pulled after five innings and 84 pitches. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out five.

Cleveland would tack on an RBI single from Francisco Lindor in the third inning, and a sacrifice fly from Lonnie Chisenhall in the 6th to make it a 4-1 Indians lead. In the 7th, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis would step to the plate with two runners on base and bring them both home with a 3-run home run to right field. The 402-foot blast would push the Tribe’s lead to 7-1.

With the game out of reach in the 8th, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to left center off of Andrew Miller to make the score 7-2 in favor of the Indians. That would prove to be the final score as Cleveland would take a 3-1 series lead in the 2016 World Series.

A very important Game 5 will be Sunday, October 30th at 8:00pm eastern on FOX. Chicago will hand the ball to Jon Lester for the second time this series, while the Indians give the ball to Trevor Bauer. With Lester on the mound, the Cubs will look to force a Game 6 in Cleveland while the Indians look to close out the series behind Bauer.