Cubs Fall 7-2 In World Series Game Four, Trail Three Games To One
Corey Kluber beat the Cubs for the second time in four days, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered and the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 7-2 Saturday night to move within one victory of their first World Series title since 1948. Leading the Series 3-1, Cleveland can finish off Chicago on Sunday night, when Trevor Bauer starts for the Indians and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
Kluber baffled the Cubs over six innings for the second time in the series, and Kipnis belted a three-run homer to finish with four RBIs.
Kluber was outstanding after Dexter Fowler led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Anthony Rizzo's single two batters later. Kluber allowed just three more hits the rest of the way and finished with six strikeouts while pitching on three days' rest.
Kluber has allowed just one run while striking out 15 over 12 innings in the series. Chicago's early lead was erased by the Indians' two-run second as Carlos Santana led off the inning with a solo homer. Lonnie Chisenhall scored the tiebreaking run later in the second after third baseman Kris Bryant threw away Kluber's infield single.
Kipnis lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth, one inning before his three-run blast put the Indians ahead 7-1.
The outcome was well in hand after Andrew Miller allowed a run for the first time in 15 career postseason appearances. Fowler's leadoff homer in the eighth was the Cubs' first round-tripper of the series.
John Lackey was the losing pitcher after surrendering two earned runs and four hits with five strikeouts over five innings.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says the Cubs need to get a win Sunday night and he'll then feel pretty good about their chances if they can get the series back to Cleveland.