Cubs rout In­di­ans, force Game 7

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Withers

CLEVE­LAND » Af­ter 108 years, what’s one more day?

The Chicago Cubs are far from finished. They’re froth­ing.

Ad­di­son Rus­sell hit a grand slam and tied a World Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took ad­van­tage of a huge early mis­play in Cleve­land’s out­field as the Cubs throt­tled the In­di­ans 9-3 on Tues­day night in Game 6 to push this tense tug-of-war be­tween baseball’s two long­est ti­tle drought hold­ers to the limit.

Game 7, it is. The big­gest, most nerve-wrack­ing day yet. For one city, hys­te­ria. For the other, heart­break.

Kris Bryant home­red to spark a three-run first in­ning, Rus­sell hit the first slam in the Series in 11 years and Jake Ar­ri­eta worked into the sixth as the Cubs, who came to Pro­gres­sive Field one win from elim­i­na­tion, are now one vic­tory from their first cham­pi­onship since 1908.

In­di­ans ace Corey Klu­ber, dom­i­nant while win­ning Games 1 and 4, starts again on short rest Wed­nes­day night at home against big league ERA leader Kyle Hen­dricks.

The NL cham­pi­ons, who also got a two-run homer from An­thony Rizzo, are try­ing to be­come the sev­enth team to rally from 3-1 deficit and first to do in on the road since Wil­lie Stargell and the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates came back against Bal­ti­more in 1979.

Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don didn’t take any chances de­spite a com­fort­able late lead, us­ing atomic-armed Aroldis Chap­man for one out in the sev­enth, the eighth and one bat­ter in the ninth. The lefty will be on call for Game 7.

The Cub­bies, shut out twice ear­lier in this Series, brought their club­bies to Cleve­land.

They ham­mered Josh Tom­lin, who couldn’t get out of the third in­ning and didn’t get any help from his out­field in the first. The right-han­der, who was so ef­fec­tive in Game 3 at Wrigley Field, pitched on short rest for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer but wasn’t the prob­lem as much as his lo­ca­tion.

CHAR­LIE RIEDEL — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Cubs’ Ad­di­son Rus­sell hits a grand slam against the In­di­ans in the third in­ning of Game 6 Tues­day in Cleve­land.

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