In­di­ans edge Cubs for 2-1 lead

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By An­drew Selig­man

CHICAGO >> Cody Allen, An­drew Miller and the Cleve­land In­di­ans’ nasty bullpen shut down a Wrigley Field party 71 years in the mak­ing.

Allen es­caped a ninth-in­ning jam and the In­di­ans pitched their fifth shutout this post­sea­son, hold­ing off the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Fri­day night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

The crowd be­gan form­ing beyond the ivy-cov­ered walls in the early morning, all revved up for the first World Series game at Wrigley since 1945.

Fans were roar­ing af­ter a two-out er­ror by first base­man Mike Napoli helped Chicago put run­ners on sec­ond and third in the ninth. Allen si­lenced the neigh­bor­hood ball­park, strik­ing out co-NL Cham­pi­onship Series MVP Javier Baez to end it.

Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth off Carl Ed­wards Jr. for the lone run.

In­di­ans starter Josh Tom­lin went 4 2/3 in­nings, then Miller, Bryan Shaw and Allen took over.

The Cubs have been blanked four times in the last eight games this post­sea­son. It was their first 1-0 loss in the World Series since Babe Ruth and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat them in 1918.

Cleve­land now has a chance to take a com­mand­ing 3-1 lead with ace Corey Klu­ber start­ing Game 4 on short rest Satur­day and com­ing off a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in the opener. John Lackey pitches for Chicago.

Not since they dropped Game 7 against Detroit in 1945 had the Cubs hosted a World Series. The last time they won one? That was two days ear­lier when they beat the Tigers in 12 in­nings.

Decades of dis­ap­point­ment and curses gave way to a ma­jor league-lead­ing 103 wins and hope for the Cubs that their first cham­pi­onship since 1908 is on the way.

But just as they did against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in the NLCS, they will have to rally from a 2-1 deficit if they are fi­nally go­ing to win it all.

Miller got the fi­nal out for Tom­lin in the fifth, strand­ing a run­ner at sec­ond. Miller, the ALCS MVP, struck out Dex­ter Fowler, Kris Bryant and An­thony Rizzo in the sixth.

Bryan Shaw worked the sev­enth and ex­ited af­ter Dex­ter Fowler sin­gled with two out in the eighth. Allen fanned Bryant to end the in­ning.

Rizzo opened the ninth with a sin­gle and took sec­ond on a one-out grounder. Ja­son Hey­ward fol­lowed with a grounder that Napoli mis­played, but at least the big guy kept the ball in front of him and kept the ty­ing run from scor­ing.

Hey­ward stole sec­ond with­out a throw be­fore Allen fanned Baez for this sixth save this post­sea­son.

Two more wins and the In­di­ans will claim the first cham­pi­onship since 1948. The Cubs still need three more for the first crown since 1908.

“It’s just good chem­istry over here and our guys kept their poise,” Crisp said. “Our pitch­ing did a great job, their pitch­ing did a great job over there and that’s what type of series this is go­ing to be, it seems like.”

“The runs are at a pre­mium and we need to get them when we can and for­tu­nately for us, we got one to­day and they didn’t.”

They scored in the sev­enth af­ter Roberto Perez led off with a sin­gle against Carl Ed­wards Jr. Pinchrun­ner Michael Martinez moved up on a sac­ri­fice bunt, ad­vanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sin­gle by Crisp bat­ting for Miller.

It was quite a scene in and around the ball­park, one gen­er­a­tions of long-suf­fer­ing Cubs fans had never seen.

They started flood­ing the streets sur­round­ing Wrigley hours be­fore the gates opened. By mid-af­ter­noon, the blocks out­side the 102-year-old ball­park were a sea of blue.

They came decked out in jer­seys of their fa­vorite Cubs past and present, from Banks to Bryant, jammed the neigh­bor­hood. They car­ried “W” signs and took self­ies near the famed mar­quee and stat­ues of the late Harry Caray, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, icons who would have loved noth­ing more than to be part of this.

There were red roses near the feet of Santo and Caray. There were also four green ap­ples on Caray’s statue — three on top of the base and one in his left hand — in a fit­ting trib­ute. Af­ter all, the famed broad­caster promised af­ter the fi­nal game in 1991: “Sure as God made green ap­ples, some­day, the Chicago Cubs are go­ing to be in the World Series — and maybe sooner than we think.”

Along Wave­land Av­enue, just beyond the left-field bleach­ers, a ball­hawk was sell­ing balls that had sailed onto the street. Some were cut up to make pen­dants, cuff­links and ear­rings.

No sooner had Chicago na­tive Pa­trick Stump of Fall­out Boy hit the fi­nal note of the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner did fans start scream­ing “Let’s Go Cub­bies!”

But it just wasn’t their night.

Nei­ther starter in this one gave up a run. But nei­ther made it out of the fifth in­ning, ei­ther.

The Cubs’ Kyle Hen­dricks, dom­i­nant in the clinch­ing NLCS vic­tory over Los An­ge­les, ex­ited with the bases loaded af­ter he hit Chicago-area prod­uct Ja­son Kip­nis.

Justin Grimm then got Fran­cisco Lin­dor to ground into 4-6-3 dou­ble play and gave a huge pump of the right fist as the crowd roared.

DAVID J. PHILLIP — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cleve­land In­di­ans’ Fran­cisco Lin­dor and Ra­jai Davis cel­e­brate af­ter Game 3 of the Ma­jor League Base­ball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Fri­day in Chicago. The In­di­ans won 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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