Chicago Cubs Force a Game 6 In Cleveland, Defeat Cleveland Indians 3-2 At Wrigley Field
By Zack Pierce, Fox Sports // October 31, 2016
Game 6 is Tuesday night
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(FOX SPORTS) – The World Series is headed back to Cleveland.
Kris Bryant hit a solo home run and the Cubs pushed two other runs across in a three-run fourth, then fought off several Indians threats to win Game 5 3-2 and cut Cleveland’s lead in the series to the same margin.
Jon Lester got the start for Chicago and responded to the pressure by striking out the side in the first inning. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run for the Indians in the second to open the scoring.
But the Cubs responded in the fourth to give Lester a lead, and he rolled into the sixth inning with the two-run cushion. The Indians got one back there on a two-out RBI single from Francisco Lindor.
The Cubs went to the bullpen in the seventh, and after Carl Edwards Jr. gave up a single and got one out, manager Joe Maddon opted to go to his lights-out closer Aroldis Chapman early. Chapman went the final 2 2/3 to get the extended save.
It wasn’t without adventure. The Indians had runners in scoring position in both the seventh and eighth innings, but failed to score. A 1-2-3 ninth ended the game.
Game 6 is Tuesday night, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.