The Cleveland Indians took a 3-1 World Series lead with a 7-2 victory in Game 4 in Chicago.
Indians ace Corey Kluber allowed a run in the first on two hits after the Indians offense struck out twice in three at-bats against Cubs starter John Lackey in the top of the first. Things were looking good for the Cubs.
And then it all fell apart.
Carlos Santana led off the 2nd inning with a home run, his first hit of the World Series. With one out, Lonnie Chisenhall reached on the first of two throwing errors by Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The Cubs intentionally walked Tyler Naquin with two outs to bring Kluber to the plate, and he hit a slow roller to Bryant for an infield single. Bryant threw it away and the go ahead run scored.
The Indians kept tacking on, adding another run in the third. Lackey lasted five innings, but the bullpen struggled.
Former KC Royal Mike Montgomery walked the first batter he faced in the sixth and Santana followed with a single (his third hit of the game). After a force out, Chisenhall delivered with a sac fly. After Montgomery walked Roberto Perez on four pitches, he was pulled in favor of Justin Grimm, who struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer to end the inning.
Grimm allowed a pinch-hit double to former Royal Coco Crisp to start the seventh. After a wild pitch and a hit batter, Grimm was pulled in favor of lefty Travis Wood to face the left-handed hitting Jason Kipnis. Kipnis blasted the 2-1 pitch into the right field seats for a three-run home run.
Meanwhile Kluber got better. He allowed just that one run on five total hits, a walk, and a hit batter over six innings. He struck out six. Andrew Miller threw just seven pitches in the 7th inning, but did allow his first run of the postseason in the eighth (a Dexter Fowler leadoff homer).
Dan Otero pitched the ninth, throwing 15 pitches, to finish off the Cubs.
Former Royal Ben Zobrist went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
The Indians 2-3-4 hitters (Kipnis, Lindor, and Santana) went a combined 8-for-13 with two homers, four runs scored, and five RBIs. The same part of the Cubs order went 2-for-10 with three strikeouts (both hits were from Anthony Rizzo)
Game 5 on Sunday night at Wrigley pits Trevor Bauer for Cleveland against Jon Lester for the Cubs.