Klu­ber, Perez, In­di­ans beat Cubs in opener

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

CLEVELAND >> Corey Klu­ber pitched neatly into the sev­enth in­ning, Roberto Perez hit two home runs and the Cleveland In­di­ans beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday night in the World Se­ries opener.

In a matchup be­tween the teams with base­ball’s long­est cham­pi­onship droughts, the In­di­ans scored twice in the first in­ning off October ace Jon Lester and were on their way.

With the score 3-0, AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries MVP An­drew Miller es­caped a bases­loaded, no-out jam in the sev­enth and got out of trou­ble in the eighth.

Perez drove in four runs from the No. 9 spot and Fran­cisco Lin­dor got three hits.

The Game 1 win­ner has taken the ti­tle in the last six Se­ries and 17 of 19.

Trevor Bauer, try­ing to come back from a sliced pinkie, starts Game 2 for the In­di­ans on Wed­nes­day night against Jake Ar­ri­eta. With rain in the fore­cast, the start time has been moved up an hour to 7:08 p.m.

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