In­di­ans one win from World Se­ries ti­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jay Cohen The As­so­ci­ated Press

One more win and base­ball fans ev­ery­where might fi­nally be­lieve in th­ese Cleve­land In­di­ans.

That’s all it will take for Corey Klu­ber & Co. to clinch this World Se­ries.

Klu­ber pitched six sparkling in­nings on short rest to win again, Ja­son Kip­nis hit a three-run homer in his home­town and the In­di­ans beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Satur­day night to take a 3-1 lead.

Car­los San­tana also con­nected for the first of his three hits as Cleve­land moved closer to its first cham­pi­onship since 1948. Trevor Bauer gets the ball Sun­day night at Wrigley Field in Game 5 when the In­di­ans try for the fran­chise’s third World Se­ries ti­tle against Jon Lester and the fal­ter­ing Cubs.

Not bad for a team that seemed like an un­der­dog all year long. The In­di­ans beat the de­fend­ing cham­pion Roy­als and star-stud­ded Tigers for the AL Cen­tral ti­tle, and then elim­i­nated David Or­tiz and the Red Sox and the heavy-hit­ting Blue Jays on their way to the AL pen­nant.

Then much of the talk cen­tered on the ma­jor league-lead­ing Cubs and their 108-year cham­pi­onship drought. But it’s been mostly In­di­ans once more, with man­ager Terry Fran­cona push­ing all the right but­tons while im­prov­ing to 11-1 in the World Se­ries.

The In­di­ans will try to bring an­other crown to Cleve­land, adding to the one LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned ear­lier this year.

Dex­ter Fowler dou­bled and scored in the first for the Cubs, and then home­red against An­drew Miller in the eighth. Fowler’s drive to left-cen­ter was the first homer for Chicago in the World Se­ries since Phil Cavaretta con­nected in Game 1 in 1945 and the first run al­lowed by Miller dur­ing his dom­i­nant post­sea­son.

In be­tween Fowler’s two hits, the Cubs came up empty ev­ery time they had a chance to put any pres­sure on the In­di­ans.

Pitch­ing on three days’ rest for the sec­ond time, Klu­ber al­lowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. The steady, stoic righthander, who struck out nine in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in Game 1, im­proved to 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA in five play­off starts this year.

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