Cubs Top Cleveland 5-1; World Series Tied At One Game Apiece

October 26, 2016
 
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber celebrates in the dugout after gets walked in during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland

Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber celebrates in the dugout after gets walked in during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland.

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Jake Arrieta was back in 2015 form Wednesday in Cleveland. So was Kyle Schwarber as the Chicago Cubs earned a 5-1 victory over the Indians to even the World Series at a game apiece.   Schwarber was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles following a 1-for-3 performance in his return to the lineup in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Arrieta had a no-hitter until Jason Kipnis hit a one-out double in the sixth. Kipnis came around to score on a wild pitch, moments before Mike Napoli singled to end Arrieta's night after 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three in addition to allowing two hits. 

Schwarber missed the entire National League playoffs and all but two regular-season games after tearing knee ligaments on April 7 at Arizona.
 
Ben Zobrist added a run-scoring single and was 2-for-4 after collecting three hits in the opener. Anthony Rizzo lined an RBI double and scored twice in the Cubs' first World Series victory since Game 6 of the 1945 Fall Classic against the Tigers. Addison Russell worked out a bases-loaded walk in a three-run fifth that put the Cubs ahead 5-0.
 
Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman combined to blank the Indians on two hits while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Losing pitcher Trevor Bauer was reached for two runs on six hits and two walks before leaving with two out in the fourth.
 
The teams have a day off Thursday before resuming the Fall Classic Friday at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for Chicago in Game 3 against Josh Tomlin.
 
Indians skipper Terry Francona has announced that Game 1 winner Corey Kluber will start Game 4 on Saturday in Chicago.

Story source: AP