Blog: Indians win Game 4; lead series 3-1

CHICAGO — Corey Kluber beat the Cubs for the second time in four days, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered and the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 7-2 Saturday night to move within one victory of their first World Series title since 1948.

Leading the Series 3-1, Cleveland can finish off Chicago on Sunday night, when Trevor Bauer starts for the Indians and Jon Lester for the Cubs.

Below is a recap of the game.

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Indians slugger Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Game 4.

Napoli is batting just .184 in the playoffs and World Series with 15 strikeouts. He was charged with a tough error in the ninth inning of Game 3, but closer Cody Allen struck out Javier Baez with two runners on to end Cleveland’s 1-0 win, the club’s fifth shutout of the postseason. Napoli is also just 2 of 9 against Chicago Game 4 starter John Lackey.

This is the first time Napoli hasn’t started in the postseason.

Manager Terry Francona has tweaked his lineup, putting Carlos Santana at first for Napoli and Rajai Davis in left field.

Santana started in left for Game 3, just his second career appearance at the position. He was replaced by Davis in the fifth inning.

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Indians slugger Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Game 4.

Napoli is batting just .184 in the playoffs and World Series with 15 strikeouts. He was charged with a tough error in the ninth inning of Game 3, but closer Cody Allen struck out Javier Baez with two runners on to end Cleveland’s 1-0 win, the club’s fifth shutout of the postseason. Napoli is also just 2 of 9 against Chicago Game 4 starter John Lackey.

This is the first time Napoli hasn’t started in the postseason.

Manager Terry Francona has tweaked his lineup, putting Carlos Santana at first for Napoli and Rajai Davis in left field.

Santana started in left for Game 3, just his second career appearance at the position. He was replaced by Davis in the fifth inning.

-Associated Press

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The wind has started blowing in at Wrigley Field midway through Cubs batting practice. The wind switched from blowing out from the southwest to blowing in from the northeast, which favors the pitchers. Still, both offenses were shut down in the Indians’ 1-0 win in Game 3 Friday night despite strong gusts blowing out.

-AP

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Fowler comes home on Rizzo’s hit.  Cubs up 1-0 in the 1st.

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John Lackey’s night is over.

The veteran right-hander was lifted for pinch hitter Chris Coghlan leading off the fifth with the Cubs trailing the Indians 3-1.

Lackey finished strong, retiring his final eight batters after Francisco Lindor singled in a run in the third.

He gave up two earned runs and four hits, struck out five and walked one. 

Mike Montgomery came in to start the sixth.


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John Lackey’s night is over.

The veteran right-hander was lifted for pinch hitter Chris Coghlan leading off the fifth with the Cubs trailing the Indians 3-1.

Lackey finished strong, retiring his final eight batters after Francisco Lindor singled in a run in the third.

He gave up two earned runs and four hits, struck out five and walked one. 

Mike Montgomery came in to start the sixth.

-AP

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Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a ball so hard it knocked the glove off Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery’s hand.

Francisco Lindor had just walked leading off the sixth when Santana smashed a comebacker.

The single knocked the pitcher’s glove to the ground. Montgomery retrieved the ball with his bare hand and threw wide to first. Santana overran the bag but dove back in ahead of the tag, putting runners on first and second.

Lindor later scored on Lonnie Chisenhall’s sacrifice fly, making it 4-1.

-AP

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Jason Kipnis greeted Travis Wood with a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Indians a 7-1 lead and silence the crowd at Wrigley Field.

Coco Crisp, batting for Corey Kluber, led off with a double. Justin Grimm threw a wild pitch and hit Rajai Davis with a 1-0 fastball.

Wood came in and Kipnis lined a 3-1 cutter to right to break open the game.

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Jason Kipnis greeted Travis Wood with a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Indians a 7-1 lead and silence the crowd at Wrigley Field.

Coco Crisp, batting for Corey Kluber, led off with a double. Justin Grimm threw a wild pitch and hit Rajai Davis with a 1-0 fastball.

Wood came in and Kipnis lined a 3-1 cutter to right to break open the game.

-AP

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